Pleasanton Unified School District trustees approved the site design for the district’s 10th elementary school at its Jan. 28 meeting.
Until the new school is named it’s been designated E-10, for being the 10th elementary school in the district. Part of the motion by board Vice President Valerie Arkin included appointing a committee to come up with a name. The design was approved 4-0, with trustee Mark Miller absent.
The new school will house 4th and 5th grade students next to Donlon Elementary School, which is to become a K-3 campus.
Arkin said she was glad that after many years of saying the district needed a new school for future north side growth, the district finally made it happen with the passage of Measure I-1 in 2016.
“I‘ve been wanting (a new school) since I got on the board” in 2008, she said.
The new school’s design incorporates ideas from parents, neighbors, faculty and administrators who shared their thoughts in a series of meetings.
Trustee Jamie Yee liked the clean lines in architect Jocelyn Martinez’s design. The simple design fits in well with the neighborhood of single-story houses and will look good for many years, she said.
Trustee Joan Laursen praised the plan’s flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, noting that she was happy the multipurpose room has a stage available for musical performances by students who will occupy a music room in the same building cluster.