New Kindergarten/Flex Classroom Facilities
There is a District need for additional kindergarten classrooms to accommodate a growing enrollment due to the transitional kindergarten program immediately as well as to accommodate future Special Education requirements. As such, at four sites across the District a fifth Kindergarten classroom is proposed to be constructed, along with a Flex Classroom that may support TK/Kindergarten needs as well as potential Special Education program uses. The two classrooms are proposed to be constructed with related support space, including restrooms and storage. A final determination for Board consideration is anticipated at the August 2017 meeting at which time a proposed architect and conceptual plan will be presented. A modular classroom approach is proposed due to its ability to be integrated with the school’s existing design while accelerating DSA approval and thus construction of the proposed facilities as quickly as possible.
For Brekke, two options are proposed for consideration. Two new modular classrooms may be built northwest of the existing kinder play area, or to the east of the existing play area. Both options locate the new buildings close to existing kindergarten classrooms, kindergarten play areas, and drop-off zones allowing the new classrooms to interact with the existing program.
At McAuliffe, one option under consideration is to construct two detached modular classrooms to the northwest of the existing classroom building, both parallel to the perimeter of the Kindergarten playground. Another option under study would expand the perimeter of the Kindergarten playground to the west, thereby enabling the construction of new classrooms on the eastern side of the existing playground. In both cases, new buildings are located close to the existing kindergarten classrooms, kindergarten play area and required drop-off location, allowing the new classrooms to interact with the existing program without impacting existing facilities.
For Ramona, these classrooms are being proposed south of the existing kindergarten play area, allowing the new classrooms to interact with the existing kindergarten classrooms, and utilize the existing kindergarten play area. Special Education classroom space to meet specifications may be considered for incorporation into planned additional administrative and program support space in the future.
For Ritchen, two new modular classrooms are being proposed on the eastside of the existing kindergarten play area. This location allows the new classrooms to interact with the existing kindergarten classrooms, and utilize the existing kindergarten play area.