OneRio 11/9 Meeting Update

OneRio’s influence continues to inspire! Check out this awesome outreach magazine (Above. Click on picture for link) from the talented Rio Mirada staff!
Here are the results of the Neighborhood Canvas survey and what was presented to the SJUSD board at their meeting on Nov. 10 (along with additional public forum comments by Laura Osecheck and Patrick Powers):

 This past weekend a group of 50 Rio students, parents and grandparents canvassed over 500 houses surrounding Rio Americano High School to gauge support for upgrading athletic facilities.
We collected over 200 surveys administered both in person and online with the results showing overwhelming support for bringing Rio’s neglected athletic facilities up to modern, basic standards for functional, safe play.

  • 91% percent of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that improving athletic fields will add value to Rio High school’s reputation
  • 89% strongly agreed or agreed they would support updating of Rio’s sports facilities to include a turf all-purpose combination soccer, track and football field
  • 77 % strongly agreed or agreed they would support a turf field with lights

The reason OneRio took on this survey was 3-fold

  • It was accurate to say the district has been passing over Rio athletic facilities for improvements for the last 9 year because of a lawsuit brought against the district by Rio neighbors opposed to a Field of Dreams stadium project. OneRio felt enough time had passed and enough positive developments had happened since then creating an improved opportunity for trying again to upgrade Rio facilities. We essentially felt opposition was no longer an issue.
  • We wanted to provide concrete evidence that the above theory was true.
  • We wanted to create good public relations with Rio neighbors by soliticing their thoughts and opinions on upgrading facilities by gaining their input this time around before the start of any projects
  • We wanted to show Rio is motivated to be a partner with the district in improving the school’s run-down facilities and show the need to expedite these improvements.

If we have to wait for a bond measure to make it through all the hurdles, Rio’s neglected facilities will continue to push prospective students and even Rio’s own neighborhood families to other schools with improved facilities. Sports will be severely impacted – most notably soccer who may stand to lose freshmen teams due to insufficient playing fields. And the outside of school will unfairly not reflect the greatness that is found within Rio’s walls.

Additionally, Laura and I were able to identify and personally discuss with original opposition neighbors the advantages of proceeding with a modified Field of Dreams, as well as listen to their concerns to help guide us on how to proceed. We feel we have their cautious support.

This neighborhood canvas and survey was an important step forward in our goal of upgrading Rio athletic facilities in an expedited manner. Thank you everyone for your continued support and we’ll continue to keep you informed with developments.

Alumni Outreach

We are trying to fix the bridge to our Rio Alumni that seems to have collapsed in recent years. Please visit, Alumni Outreach tab  to add your name to the database if you are an alumnus. Also, please share this link on your Facebook page and invite any Rio alum to add their names or tell any Rio alumni you know to please for more info.

If anyone is interested in helping with our Alumni Outreach efforts, please contact Kelli Wheeler

Friday Festival 11/20

This month’s Friday Festival will be sports themed – acknowledging the great job of Rio Fall Sports and wishing good luck to Rio Winter Sports. We are looking into giving away free popcorn to students wearing Rio gear. We will consult with Rio band who had a popcorn machine at their Playathon (their succesful Playathon raised $31,000!).

The 2nd Annual Duck Derby, PTSA’s biggest fundrasier last year, will have their first planning meeting in January. If you’re interested in being on the Duck Crew, please contact Kelli Wheeler
Haven’t checked out What are you waiting for? Built by Kelli Wheeler with content contributions from Laura Osecheck, Tom Nelson, and Cheryl Chamness it’s a great resource — Please check in often for updates and share it with a friend!
Rio Wreaths made close to $1,000! We will be looking to pair with Mikey’s Tree Lot to get the donation for the rest of our wreaths we’d like to give Sunrise Assisted Living Facilities. We will also be asking any Rio students if they’d like to be a part of delivering the wreaths and will do media outreach to start getting Rio some positive media coverage.
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