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Rosamond-Southern Khan Unified School District officials celebrate the future and past at the Ribbon Cut Ceremony on March 31 in six new kindergarten classrooms at Rosamond Elementary School, announcing the school’s historic bell monument. rice field.

The six classrooms are spread across three modular buildings on Glendower Street, near Rosamond Boulevard, on the eastern side of the campus. Last June, staff began construction of the building. Classrooms have doubled the capacity of Rosamond Elementary School kindergartens. We have been working on expansion for 3 years.

According to information from the Kern Antelope Historical Society, the bell made of metal and cast iron is probably the original bell of the school, dating back to 1916, said Mario Gutierrez, president of the Southern Khan Unification Commission.

Attendees at the ceremony included Vice President Bylong Rennan of the Rosamond Community Services District Board of Directors. Bylong Rennan is also a former teacher in the district.

“I believe he attended school there in the 1940s, and he remembers Bell being in his former school,” Gutierrez said.

The bell was saved when the original Rosamond Elementary was demolished.

“We installed a new Rosamond Elementary, so we moved the bell there,” Gutierrez said on Tuesday.

Barbara Gaines said he first learned about Bell when he was hired as a director about three years ago and met Gretchen Winfrey, president of the Khan Antelope Historical Society, at a midnight snack.

Winfrey, a former Southern Khan educator, was a guest speaker for dinner. Gaines then introduced himself and asked him to sign a poster for the Historical Society. Winfrey asked Gaines if he had seen the Rosamond bell. She promised to look it up.

Winfrey has a variety of historical photographs of the school.

“The bell was certainly from the Rosamond Elementary, built in the 20s,” she said on Tuesday. There is a bell tower. “

Winfrey praised the district’s efforts to restore the bell and was removed from the public exhibition to protect the bell from vandalism.

“Now it’s beautifully mounted and on a high pedestal. It’s very well done. I’m taking off my hat to the school district to worry about history,” she said.

Gaines asked Laurie Davis, Maintenance and Operations Director of Southern Khan Unified, about Bell and explained how he learned about Bell from Winfrey.

“If I had the money, I wanted to build a kindergarten classroom on that campus, so I said I should build a monument,” Gaines said on Tuesday. With funding, you can build a monument. Just say, “You don’t have to worry about the bell. We’ll deliver it.”

She added that she knew at that point that the bell was fixed somewhere.

“It was great, and when I saw it in its beautiful statues and six new classrooms, it seemed like my dream came true,” Gaines said.

The bell monument contains four shields, including two restored 1927 and 1955 shields, as well as shields bearing the names of current board members.

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Republican Rep. Tom Lackey, and Representative of Kern County Overseer Zack Scrivner prove to President Mario Gutierrez of Gaines and Southern Kern Unified Board in honor of this opportunity. Presented the book.

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