DEC. 18, 2023 12:35 AM PT
The Rancho Santa Fe School District board is under new leadership, with Annette Ross unanimously being appointed to serve as the president for the first time.
Ross, a Rowe parent elected in 2020, has previously served as the board’s vice president and clerk.
At the Dec. 14 organizational meeting, Rose Rohatgi was selected as the vice president and Jee Manghani as the board clerk. The board also set its meeting schedule for the coming year—meetings will now be held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. For safety purposes, the board will no longer hold meetings while students are on campus. The board will only meet in the mornings at 9 a.m. during the summer months.
“This year, I will dedicate myself to ensuring the success of our new Superintendent Dr. Tom Bennett. We have a very talented team of teachers, staff and administrators at R. Roger Rowe who are committed to providing the best education for our students. It is an exciting time to be a student at Rowe,” Ross said in a statement. “In the coming year I plan to work closely with Vice President Rose Rohatgi, and together with our colleagues on the board, we will define the mission and vision for our wonderful school in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe.”
“Education is a dynamic and changing landscape, but we are ready for the challenge,” Ross continued. “In the past few years we’ve seen a lot of change. I hope this year we come together as a school and as a community.”
After a closed-session evaluation, the board voted to extend new Superintendent Bennett’s contract for three additional years, through June 30, 2027. Bennett, a former head of schools at Santa Fe Christian, had been given a one-year contract when he was hired in June to replace the outgoing superintendent Donna Tripi.