Rollan Melton Elementary School History

School Name History:
Newspaperman Rollan D. Melton loved people and knew that each person had a story that deserved to be told. He was devoted to the state of Nevada, the city of Reno, journalism, and education. He believed that education was the key to making our world better. Mr. Melton was born in Boise, Idaho, on July 24, 1931, during the Great Depression. Because of his family’s many moves, he attended 18 grammar schools and dropped out of school twice. When he was 16, he moved to Fallon, Nevada, with his mother and sister. There, teachers
and coaches cared about him and helped build his self-esteem. Rollan succeeded in the classroom and in athletics and won a scholarship to the University of Nevada. After serving in the US Army, he became an editor of the Reno Evening Gazette in 1957. Through hard work Mr. Melton was promoted again and again until he became president of Speidel Newspapers, which owned the Gazette and the Journal. He managed the merger of Speidel
with Gannett Company, the largest newspaper company in the world. Mr. Melton served on the Gannett Board of Directors for 20 years and was part of the founding of USA Today. Additionally, he was the founding chairman of the Washoe At-Risk Task Force, a 15-year committee working with at-risk youth and committed to lowering the drop-out rate. Rollan D. Melton, who died on January 13, 2002, was best known for reporting Nevada people stories in the Reno Gazette Journal column he wrote for 23 years. His column had a frequent
emphasis on education and promoted the positive side of life.

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees:
Dan Carne Marilyn Fendelander
Nancy Hollinger Anne Loring
Lezlie Porter Jonnie Pullman
Jody Ruggiero
Superintendent of Schools at time of construction:
James L. Hager
Opening Date: 2002
Architect: Sheehan Van Woert Bigotti Architects
Contractor: Clark and Sullivan Constructors
Construction Cost: $6,929,000
Square Footage: 56,481
Cornerstone Dates: AD 2002, AL 6002
First Principal: Neil Schott
Physical Building Description:
Cinder block, single story construction with interior circulation corridors, library, multipurpose room/cafeteria and classrooms for K-6.