Rancho Santa Fe School gym issue to be discussed at next school board meeting


By Karen Billing

The outlines of a potential new gym at R. Roger Rowe School will be staked out in advance of the Rancho Santa Fe School District board’s Feb. 5 meeting so trustees can see how much room a new facility would take up.

With building a new gym, the district is looking for high school-size courts, space for dance and wrestling programs, space for concessions and ticketing, changing rooms, coaches offices, student and public restrooms and storage.

The ideal program square footage needed would be 43,500 square feet. A three-court gym would be about 18,500 square feet and a two-court gym would be about 13,000 square feet.

At the board’s Feb. 5 meeting, the board will hear a presentation from bond consultant Jeff Baratta on the possibility of a general obligation bond to help pay for the facility improvements. A survey from Public Policy Strategies to gauge district residents’ opinions on a new gym and whether they would support a bond measure is expected to go out within the next two weeks.