The Pleasanton school board is set to discuss the conceptual design for the Lydiksen Elementary School modernization project Tuesday night.
Staff and Aedi Architects, who were officially approved last fall to design the proposed rebuild, will be presenting this initial design for board discussion and feedback.
No action is expected to be taken this week. Depending on how the board discussion goes Tuesday, the conceptual design could return for possible approval at the March 13 board meeting.
The Lydiksen Elementary rebuild is among the projects included in the initial $70 million Measure I1 bond issuance authorized by the board in August, with $30 million earmarked for the Lydiksen project. About a third of that amount would go toward soft costs like pre-construction services and furniture while the rest would cover construction, according to staff.
A "Campus Committee" consisting of Lydiksen staff, parents, and district staff worked with the architects to put together the conceptual design. Overall, staff said in a report, the modernization project aims to replace the removed circular buildings, minimize interim housing costs, preserve the on-site heritage trees and resolve traffic and parking issues.
On a classroom level, staff hopes the design will encourage student collaboration, create "21st century classrooms" and improve classroom flexibility.
The interior changes highlighted in the conceptual design include increasing the square footage of all classrooms to include "collaborative space," creating additional space for an administration building (separate from the library and campus center) and reducing the overall classrooms count, from 29 to 25 for TK-5 classrooms, and from eight to seven for specialty classrooms (classrooms like music, art and computer lab).
Exterior changes include reducing the playground and field turf areas, expanding the hard court and kinder play area, adding in a covered lunch structure, decreasing staff parking from 78 spaces to 66 and increasing parent parking from 26 spaces to 30.
If approved in March, the schematic design phase will begin immediately, followed by construction drawings, six months of review by the Division of the State Architect, and another two or three months for bidding and approval.
Staff estimates construction will begin summer 2019, with students and staff moved into the first completed classrooms by fall 2020.
The board's open-session meeting will be held in the district office boardroom at 4665 Bernal Ave. at 7 p.m.
In other business
* The board will review and discuss current enrollment information and an updated report by the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS).
* Board members will consider approving an early adopters pilot for a new student assessment program called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress).
The new program was presented for review and feedback at the last school board meeting, and would cost the district $13,625 for the pilot licenses and professional development.
* Trustees will hear a report on updates to board polices and administrative regulations.
* The board will consider voting for delegates to represent Alameda County's Subregion 7-B in the California School Boards Association. Pleasanton Unified's vice board president Valerie Arkin currently sits in one of the spots that will soon be vacant, and is up for re-election.
Delegates will serve two-year terms beginning April 1.
* During closed session starting at 6 p.m., the board will consider two public employee appointments: the executive director of fiscal services and director of special education.
Also during closed session, trustees will confer with assistant superintendent of human resources Julio Hernandez regarding two of the district's employee union: the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA).