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Lydiksen Elementary modernization project breaks ground

Improved dropoff loop also is part of $30M rebuild using Measure I1 funds

More than three years after Pleasanton voters passed the $270 million school facilities bond Measure I1 to repair and modernize local schools, Pleasanton Unified School District celebrated the start of the initiative’s first large-scale construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at Lydiksen Elementary School on Friday.

The $30 million Lydiksen rebuild will kick off with construction of the secondary parking and drop-off loop and relocating the Kids Club classrooms. The secondary drop-off loop will help ease traffic jams at the front of the school and along Foothill Road, and set the stage when new classroom buildings are added this summer at the campus that was originally built in 1968.

The late morning event was attended by hundreds of Lydiksen students wearing clothes in their school’s signature shade of purple, as well as PUSD staff including Superintendent David Haglund and the entire Board of Trustees, and Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum. During introductory remarks, Haglund asked the children to tell each other about the holiday gifts they received recently, then held a white safety helmet up high in the air.

“Here’s my Christmas present; it’s a hard hat, and that’s because we’re going to start the construction projects here at Lydiksen,” Haglund said. “During this year, we’re also going to start (building new science classrooms) at Foothill and Amador, so I’m really excited to have my hard hat so that I can start the construction projects.”

“Foothill was not here when Lydiksen was built; Stoneridge Mall was not here when Lydiksen was built. Many of your parents and your principal were not here when Lydiksen was built, either,” principal Jacob Berg told the crowd. “We are building this new school for our 689 students who are sitting here with us today. We are building this new school for you ... for all the students who will be here eventually.”

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Other Measure I1 projects have been relatively low profile, like when the campus received a technology and network upgrade last year along with all other PUSD elementary sites and Village High School. Fire alarm and security system upgrades are also planned for PUSD campuses in the future.

PUSD is also preparing to build new science classrooms at Foothill and Amador Valley High later this year, and Hart Middle School will also have a new science building next year. Measure I1 revenue will fund construction at all three schools.

The Lydiksen rebuild is expected to be complete by next summer and open with the start of the 2021-22 school year.

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Lydiksen Elementary modernization project breaks ground

Improved dropoff loop also is part of $30M rebuild using Measure I1 funds

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 4:58 pm
Updated: Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 4:19 pm

More than three years after Pleasanton voters passed the $270 million school facilities bond Measure I1 to repair and modernize local schools, Pleasanton Unified School District celebrated the start of the initiative’s first large-scale construction project with a groundbreaking ceremony at Lydiksen Elementary School on Friday.

The $30 million Lydiksen rebuild will kick off with construction of the secondary parking and drop-off loop and relocating the Kids Club classrooms. The secondary drop-off loop will help ease traffic jams at the front of the school and along Foothill Road, and set the stage when new classroom buildings are added this summer at the campus that was originally built in 1968.

The late morning event was attended by hundreds of Lydiksen students wearing clothes in their school’s signature shade of purple, as well as PUSD staff including Superintendent David Haglund and the entire Board of Trustees, and Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum. During introductory remarks, Haglund asked the children to tell each other about the holiday gifts they received recently, then held a white safety helmet up high in the air.

“Here’s my Christmas present; it’s a hard hat, and that’s because we’re going to start the construction projects here at Lydiksen,” Haglund said. “During this year, we’re also going to start (building new science classrooms) at Foothill and Amador, so I’m really excited to have my hard hat so that I can start the construction projects.”

“Foothill was not here when Lydiksen was built; Stoneridge Mall was not here when Lydiksen was built. Many of your parents and your principal were not here when Lydiksen was built, either,” principal Jacob Berg told the crowd. “We are building this new school for our 689 students who are sitting here with us today. We are building this new school for you ... for all the students who will be here eventually.”

Other Measure I1 projects have been relatively low profile, like when the campus received a technology and network upgrade last year along with all other PUSD elementary sites and Village High School. Fire alarm and security system upgrades are also planned for PUSD campuses in the future.

PUSD is also preparing to build new science classrooms at Foothill and Amador Valley High later this year, and Hart Middle School will also have a new science building next year. Measure I1 revenue will fund construction at all three schools.

The Lydiksen rebuild is expected to be complete by next summer and open with the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Comments

Kiko
Val Vista
on Feb 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm
Kiko, Val Vista
on Feb 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm
15 people like this

"More than three years after..." and you just got around to this. AND YOU WANT MORE MONEY!!!


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:14 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:14 pm
21 people like this

More importantly, should not have been first priority. No added capacity.


Sally
Foothill Place
on Feb 17, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Sally, Foothill Place
on Feb 17, 2020 at 2:37 pm
24 people like this

Kiko, you must be aware that the measure only authorized issuing bonds, right? Once it was passed, the bond agreement had to be drafted, the bonds had to be put on the market and sold, project proposals had to be drafted, subjected to public scrutiny and comment, revised, reviewed again and approved, contractors have to submit their bids, bids are reviewed and selected, work had to be scheduled based on contractor availability, and then (in theory) work can finally begin. So long as the neighbors don't raise too much of a stink and torpedo projects with environmental impact audits. No wonder it takes years to build anything in this town.

Of course, you knew all of that before you commented, I'm sure.


Kathleen Ruegsegger
Vintage Hills
on Feb 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger, Vintage Hills
on Feb 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm
11 people like this

Still the wrong project.


Kiko
Val Vista
on Feb 17, 2020 at 4:24 pm
Kiko, Val Vista
on Feb 17, 2020 at 4:24 pm
8 people like this

And Sally’s point is exactly what ?


Fisher
Avignon
on Feb 18, 2020 at 6:10 am
Fisher, Avignon
on Feb 18, 2020 at 6:10 am
7 people like this

So long as the neighbors don't raise too much Web Link a stink and torpedo projects with environmental impact audits.


Sally
Foothill Place
on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Sally, Foothill Place
on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm
15 people like this

Well Kiko, since reading comprehension is evidently not your strong suit, I'll lay it out for you plainly: there are lots of reasons why construction projects take a long time, especially municipal ones, without needing to blame the laziness of some nameless bureaucrat. You want it to improve? Lobby to remove or streamline municipal building oversight rules. Or just continue to gripe. No skin off my ass.


Kiko
Val Vista
on Feb 18, 2020 at 5:31 pm
Kiko, Val Vista
on Feb 18, 2020 at 5:31 pm
7 people like this

Sally..."No skin off my a**". Three years for a crap project that isn't fixing the schools, Ya, I will gripe and complain and not vote for anymore tax increases.


Map
Del Prado
on Feb 19, 2020 at 6:23 pm
Map, Del Prado
on Feb 19, 2020 at 6:23 pm
6 people like this

Still not the new school we need, still voting NO on M. all I see is smoke and mirrors with this PUSD they would make a great Vegas act!!


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