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Reconstruction of El Rancho High School begins

PICO RIVERA — The El Rancho Unified School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration to mark the beginning of its transformative reconstruction of El Rancho High School April 11. 

The groundbreaking was the result of years of preparation, research and community input in response to an identified and critical need for world-class learning environments and facilities that would sustain the district’s mission of excellence well into the 21st century. 

More than 100 students, staff, elected officials and community members joined in the celebration.

“The voters of the El Rancho Unified School District overwhelmingly voted to approve Measure ER in 2016 with the clear intent of building a new, state-of-the-art high school campus that would set a new standard for high schools,” said Jose Lara, president of the El Rancho school board. “Today is only the first step of many along this journey and the entire El Rancho family should feel proud of their commitment to our children’s education.”

Also present were representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Linda T. Sánchez and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who lauded the district and community for setting the ambitious high school transformation plan in motion. 

“This is a truly exciting undertaking on which we have embarked,” Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort said. “On behalf of all our El Rancho staff and educators, I want to make clear that we understand and value the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. We are committed to executing the construction plan expeditiously, efficiently, and with total transparency.”

Phase one of the construction will completely rebuild over 16 acres of the campus, transforming it to meet 21st-century educational standards. Demolition of Buildings B and C will begin in earnest during the high school’s spring break this week and will be complete before school resumes in the fall. 

Students have already been moved into existing classroom space and should experience no disruption during construction. 

When complete, El Rancho High School will feature a brand new academic building with state-of-the-art learning suites and collaboration spaces; collegiate-caliber baseball and softball fields; a 4,500-seat stadium with new football, soccer and track facilities; and a world-class special education complex.

The high school transformation is funded by Measure ER, a $200 million school construction bond approved by the voters of the E

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