PLEASANTON -- Pleasanton school leaders have approved a half-billion-dollar wish list of maintenance, upgrades and new construction but cautioned that many of the projects will never be realized.
The Pleasanton school board Tuesday unanimously approved a new facilities master plan that totals just more than $516 million and includes four areas of need, from basic maintenance to the construction of a new elementary school.
"There is no guarantee to do all this, and it all depends on money," said board member Valerie Arkin. "We will use it as a guide."
Arkin requested that with the approval of the master plan, language be included to let the public know there is no guarantee any of the projects will be completed or approved by the board. Instead, the plan will serve as a road map for the district if money is available and will prioritize projects based on need and function.
Funding could come from a number of sources such as grants, developer fees or the sale of district-owned property. Another option is using a special fund that has money from previous district property sales, according to LPA, the firm hired by the district in October 2011 to produce the facilities master plan. The plan is broken into four scopes levels, with basic maintenance and safety as the top priority, and includes roof repairs and replacements, upgraded electrical work and seismic upgrades.
The upkeep for the district's 17 facilities, including the district office and maintenance yard, is priced at more than $13.9 million. Phases, or scopes, two through four are separated into lowest cost, highest impact; medium cost, short range (between one and five years); and highest cost, long range (between 10 and 16 years) and have a total price tag for each scope of $85 million to $204 million. Projects included in the second through fourth scopes are a 10th elementary school in the northwest part of the city, a new theater at Foothill High School and upgrades of school libraries.
"You could call it a wish list because it is an incredible amount of money that maps what needs to be done," said Arkin. "It is a map with a level of scope and things that are more urgent."
The proposed new elementary school would help the district with its goal of lowering the number of students per elementary school to a range of 600 to 700. Donlon and Lydisken elementary schools are expected to have the biggest student population increase due in part to more multifamily housing being planned near the two BART stations in town. A new elementary school, if built with current construction prices, would cost the district more than $37 million.
"The new elementary is in there and might have to be considered if the growth does happen," Arkin said.
To view the district's facilities master plan, visit http://pleasantonusd.net.