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Terri and Bob McGarvey stood in front of the new Elk Grove Unified School District elementary school named after the Council Member at the ribbon cutting ceremony on July 11th. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School Unveiled in Anatolia

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Rancho Cordova families and stakeholders gathered in Anatolia on Tuesday afternoon, July 11th, as the Elk Grove Unified School District unveiled the newly constructed Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School. The District’s School Names Committee voted unanimously in February 2017 to name the school after Council Member Bob McGarvey, a Rancho Cordova resident since 1967 who was instrumental in the incorporation of Rancho Cordova as a city. He currently serves on the Rancho Cordova City Council, and has served three terms as mayor. 

“Mr. McGarvey, like many of our namesakes, represents what makes this area so special,” said Elk Grove Unified School District Board President, Carmine Forcina.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Bob’s wife, children, grandchildren and fellow City Council Members stood behind him as he spoke to a crowd of dozens of families and supporters about his pride and excitement for the new school bearing his name.

“To have anything named after you is a privilege and an honor, but to have a school carry your name is something that is truly special - so special that I get a little choked up speaking about it,” said Bob McGarvey.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, new students, along with their families, received t-shirts featuring the school’s Griffin mascot and toured the campus as part of Back to School Night.

Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School, which is still undergoing final stages of construction, is a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient school featuring a $100,000 library collection, computer lab, multi-purpose room, and more.

The new school will serve roughly 800 students who live in the housing development in south eastern Rancho Cordova known as Anatolia, and the number of students is expected to grow along with the rapidly growing population of Rancho Cordova. A large portion of the students are transferring to the new school from Sunrise Elementary School, another Elk Grove Unified School District which is located one mile north of the new school, based on the street address of their homes.

 

 

 

Photo caption: Terri and Bob McGarvey stood in front of the new Elk Grove Unified School District elementary school named after the Council Member at the ribbon cutting ceremony on July 11th. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova