OneRio Update 5/11 Meeting and What’s Up at Rio This Summer

Thank you to Wendy Finnecy and Chris Ford for organizing support of the Rio Independent Living Skills Prom! OneRio recieved a dozen thank you notes from ILS students grateful for donated dresses, shoes, clothing, refreshments, music (Rio band) and for making their Prom special. Thank you to those who answered theCALL TO ACTION for donations of formal wear, and a BIG THANK YOU to Wendy, Chris, the Rio band, and ILS teachers Jenie and Heather for making sure in the spirit of OneRio that ILS students had their special night to remember.

What’s Going on at Rio This Summer?

Rio will still be recieving $2.2 million in improvements along with the $13.5 million Performing and Academic Center (PAC building), but due to delays at the state level the timeline has been extended. The work will be completed over two summers with all improvements completed by Fall of 2017. Here’s the new timeline:

Summer 2016:

  • The PAC building will now not break ground until July
  • The school will still be painted with a new HOME OF THE RAIDERS and mascot logo on the large gym
  • The lobby of the large gym will be painted and receive new flooring
  • The large gym floors will have sanded, recoated, restriped floors with new logo
  • The small gym floors will be recoated
  • PE hallway improved floors and lighting
  • New irrigation and sewer lines will be installed

Summer 2017:

  • New lockers
  • Refurbished boys and girls locker rooms
  • Small gym floor replaced and accoustical tiles added
  • New landscaping throughout front, Senior Lawn, around Admin building to Caffeteria
  • PAC building completed
  • New front entrance sign
  • Directional campus signage

The bottom line is it will look worse before it looks better, but any work being done at Rio is a sign of progress and proof that Good Things Are Happening at Rio!

Rio Field of Dreams Update
At the April 26 SJUSD board meeting results of a survey gauging support of a Bond on the November 2016 ballot was shared. The overall survey results indicated: San Juan Unified School District Classroom Repair/Student Safety Measure is definitely viable for November 2016. The board did not take a vote or take further action on approving a bond measure. It is not on the May 2016 Agenda.

There is a state schools facilities bond on the November ballot.

If SJUDS moves forward with their own bond and the bond receives a 55% majority approval, currently Rio is third in line by the district’s grading system behind El Camino (1) and Encina (2) for most dire facility improvement needs. The district Master Plan for Rio would be to rebuild the campus in a two-phase construction: new academic buildings on athletic fields, put athletic fields where old campus was.

Our plan to approach major donors to resurrect the Rio Field of Dreams to expedite improved athletic facilities with all-weather surfaces has been hampered by the possibility of a bond.

It also has stalled with the district refusal to put in writing agreement to match donations.

We do have the ability to accept large donation pledges through the American River Sports Association (ARSA) non-profit holding group created during the original Field of Dreams campaign.

However, the district would have to front the money being pledged over a 5-10 year payment system and at this time there is no money available from the district for this project.

The district has indicated if a bond is not passed this November, Rio would receive no more money after the $15.5 million in 2016/17 improvements.

We will continue to pursue expedited improvements to Rio athletic facilities. If you’d like to be a part of the effort please respond to this email with Field of Dreams. 

Fields for Rio Soccer Winter 2016

Laura Osecheck, OneRio’s Facilities and Beautification Chair, continues to work hard behind the scenes to make sure Rio’s needs are met.

Please click this LINK to see the video she submitted with the help ofMr. Bearson’s Radio and TV class, Varsity soccer coach Bill Taylor, andRio soccer athletes to try to secure a grant for field improvements offered by Sac Republic.

Thank you also to Principal Ginter, Athletic Director Smiley, and Rio Americano Athletic Booster President, Rafael Ruano for coming together to advocate for solutions to successfully fielding 6 levels of soccer this winter. Working withdistrict AD Ron Barney, Asst Superintendent Rick Messer, Facilities Director Frank Camarda, as well as other outside groups, our OneRio Facilities team is doing everything possible to make sure Rio’s excellent soccer programs transitions smoothly to winter this 2016/17 school year.

Thank you all for your help being a part of the solution!

Other Notables
  • Please send students with$3.25 for BBQ meal at this Friday’s End of Year Rally and Celebration
  • Seniors need water donations to Room C10 for end of year events
  • Join Rio Americano RaidersLunar Lunacy team (night bike ride Rotary Fundraiser on 7/23
  • Rio Duck Derby made$9,583.32 and Fashion show made $24,723 putting Rio PTSA back in the black and able to bring some exciting events, programs, and teach/student support to the 2016/17 school year!
  • Smarties® for Smarties will be given out on May 23 to wish Rio students good luck for finals!
  • If you’d like to purchase a 3’x5′ banner to be placed in the Rio gym for the 2016/17 school year for $300 to generate scholarship money for 2 students who made the Rio cheer squad but need financial assistance to participate, please reply to this email withSponsor Banner. Any extra funds raised will go to RAAB scholarships.
  • Rowdy Raiders have purchased a Rio logo flag for the school flagpole that will fly starting 2016/17 school year!
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