District Moves Ahead with Location and Design of New Elementary School
Passage of Measure D and public-private partnership pave the way for construction of new school in Dougherty Valley
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education recently approved the preliminary design for the Districtâ€™s newest elementary school in the Dougherty Valley community of east San Ramon. The new school is being funded through Measure D, the $260 million school facilities bond passed by local voters in November 2012.
â€œWe are very excited to already have a preliminary design for this school,â€ said Superintendent Mary Shelton. â€œThanks to the generosity of our community and a unique partnership with the City of San Ramon and Shapell Homes, we can continue to move forward with our plans to help alleviate the enrollment crunch that exists in the Dougherty Valley while also providing a state-of-the-art elementary school in a beautiful neighborhood setting.â€
The new school will be built to accommodate approximately 830 kindergarten through 5th grade students, and will be situated on a 7.4 acre site located approximately 1/2 mile southwest of the Dougherty Station Community Center and Library in a yet-to-be developed area of the Dougherty Valley (site is adjacent to a future 30-acre community park).
The school, which is projected to open Fall, 2015, is being designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, and will feature two 2-story classroom buildings, a comprehensive multi-use building and a large playfield equipped for soccer and softball.
â€œThis school is being designed and built with the same high standards that we have come to enjoy with all of our new schools in the Dougherty Valley community,â€ said Gary Black, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Maintenance.
The designation of the land is a result of a three-way partnership between the City of San Ramon, Shapell Homes and SRVUSD. Shapell Homes is providing the land to the School District, with the play fields also serving as permanent parkland for the City of San Ramon. This partnership resembles the shared joint use cooperative between the City and the School District that exists at all of the other school sites in San Ramon, and has become a model for other communities.
The next steps include submitting the design plans to the California Department of Education and California Division of State Architect.