The Buckeye Union School District is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for an elementary school to be built on a 13 acre parcel located in the Blackstone Master Planned Development within the Valley View Specific Plan in El Dorado Hills.
The commencement of construction activities is the result of a collaborative effort between the Buckeye Union School District, the State of California School Facility Program and the master developer of Blackstone, West Valley LLC. West Valley LLC is a partnership between AKT Development and Lennar Communities. West Valley LLC and the District worked together to develop the funding for the new elementary school, including the formation of a Mello Roos Facility District to provide for one-half of the funds needed to acquire and construct the school. The school district’s application and eligibility for funds within the State School Facility Program provides the remaining half of the funds that are needed. It should be noted that none of the proceeds used in this project can be used for any other purpose than constructing facilities.
The school which is being constructed by Broward Builders will be approximately 48,000 square feet includes 27 Classrooms, Library/Administrative Building, and a Joint-Use Multi-Purpose(MP) Room. The school is also being constructed to meet the criteria of the California High Performance School (CHPS) construction guidelines. To meet the criteria, the school must incorporate sustainable building materials and techniques, utilize recycled materials, incorporate recycling in the construction process, and exceed the requirements of Title 24 for energy efficiency, which ultimately results in a healthier instructional environment.
The Joint-Use MP Room which is about 2500 feet larger than a typical elementary school MP Room, was eligible for an additional grant by the State due to Buckeye’s long standing partnership with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. The State Program supports these partnerships for the construction of facilities for the community to use when not being utilized by the school. The grant provides for 50% of the cost for the additional size, and the two joint use partners contribute the remaining 50%.
The school is scheduled for completion in 2013.
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