July 26, 2021
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‘The heart of the lion will remain’: final El Molino class graduates

By: Brandon McCapes
June 11, 2021

What may have been the final graduating class of El Molino High School donned red and black robes and celebrated commencement in Forestville June 3.

Student speakers repeated the same sentiment in their commencement addresses: this has been a rough year on top of a rough couple of years. West County residents have borne the brunt of several years of destructive wildfires and floods, and the Class of 2021 spent most of their senior year doing distance learning.

To further complicate things for West County students, following the failure of Measure A at the ballot box this March, it’s likely that El Molino High School just saw off its final graduating class. Due to declining enrollment and funding, the West Sonoma County Union High School District is facing a fiscal shortfall and will have to consolidate students from El Molino and Analy High Schools, likely this fall.

Had it passed, Measure A would have continued a $48 parcel tax on West County properties, allowing the district to delay consolidation for three years.

Parents of students at El Molino and Analy High Schools alike have opposed the consolidation.