Beaming with pride at Skyline School


The Solana Beach School District held a commemorative beam signing at Skyline Elementary School on Feb. 9, celebrating the progress made in building a new campus from the ground up. The beam will find a home in the new main classroom building on the Solana Beach campus on Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

“We are here to honor the past, celebrate the present and hope for the future,” said Solana Beach School District Board Vice President Julie Union. “May this school be a beacon of kindness, world class education and produce students that are empowered to impact the world for good.”

The 62-year-old campus was demolished last year and construction crew Balfour Beatty has promised to get students into the new classroom building this fall.

Solana Beach School District Superintendent Terry Decker, school board members, the design team and builders all took part in the ceremonial signing, as well as some Skyline fifth graders who walked over from the school’s temporary home at Earl Warren Middle School across the street.

Caroline Brown, a former Sykline student and the executive director of capital programs and technology for the district, inked her name and years at the school and district.

The new $30 million campus will feature a two-story administration and main classroom building with 27 classrooms, a media center, technology lab, multi-purpose building, STREAM building and a four-classroom kindergarten building. The campus will also include a new play space with an amphitheater garden, lunch shelter, track and turf field.

Union said when she began serving her term on the board five years ago she was handed a two-inch thick facilities master plan book, full at the time with simply “pipe dreams.” She said thanks to the passage of Prop JJ and the supportive district community, those dreams are coming true.

Union said she always considered Skyline to be one of the district’s top trendsetting schools as it was home to the first STREAM lab. She said she has also been impressed by Skyline’s community service focus, wellness priorities, disability awareness, parent education and global outreach programs.

“With brand new state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge technology, I can only imagine the excitement and learning that will take place this next school year,” Union said.