On April 9 the Santee School District held a groundbreaking ceremony at Cajon Park School to celebrate the beginning of their modernization program. This was made possible by the passage of Proposition R last year. Altogether, $129 million will be spent to improve facilities at the nine schools in the district. Cajon Park was chosen as the symbolic representative for the work planned for the entire project.
At the ceremony were representatives from the school, the district, the builder, and the community. Dr. Lisbeth Johnson, Superintendent of Santee Schools, welcomed dignitaries and visitors, and two Cajon Park students, eighth-grader Jennifer Elhke and kindergartener Joel Oliver, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegience. Speakers included Santee School Board President Dan Bartholomew and Board Member and Cajon Park graduate Dustin Burns. Others in attendance included Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, Councilmembers Jack Dale and Brian Jones, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage, and members of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.
Principals from all nine schools were there to receive symbolic shovels from their respective ASB Student Representatives. Cajon Park Principal Marcia Ginn-May and teacher Allwyn Gazi spoke following the presentation of shovels. Finally Glynna Hoekstra, representing General Contractor Barnhart, Inc., presented an engraved ceremonial shovel to Dan Bartholomew. Following the official ceremonies guests were invited to come and have their pictures taken with shovels and hard hats.