Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A's present school plans to Fremont School District Wed. 10/10/07 6:30 p.m.

Award Winning Horace Mann Elementary campus in San Jose.

A's co-owner, Keith Wolff, will be presenting the latest plans for an exciting new proposed school that will be built as part of the Cisco Field/Ballpark Village project this Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fremont City Council Chambers located at 3300 Capitol Avenue, Fremont, CA at 6:30 p.m.
The new school will be an urban-style school which would cover less acreage, much like the award winning Horace Mann Elementary campus in San Jose. The Horace Mann Elementary boasts an outstanding facility, from an architectural and educational standpoint. The school would also be designed to allow the campus to be expanded if needed. This is just one more exciting aspect and benefit of having the A's in Fremont!
It would be great if you could have a nice showing of support and some volunteers to speak in favor of the project after the presentation. We want to show the FUSD Board that we support this effort and want to see the A's come to Fremont!

Go A's!

A's to present latest school plans to district
Proposal calls for multistory urban-style campus in Fremont

Instead of the typical single-story elementary school campus spread over 8 to 10 acres, as often is found in the suburbs, Oakland A's officials envision a multistory "urban" school to become part of its proposed ballpark village.

An urban-style school would cover less acreage, with classrooms built atop one another.

Last month, the A's proposed a

4-acre site for the school. On Monday, team co-owner Keith Wolff said the ballclub is considering a two- or three-story school and is looking at the Horace Mann Elementary campus in San Jose as a model.

Schools Superintendent Doug Gephart, who has visited the San Jose campus, said the school boasted an outstanding facility, from an architectural and educational standpoint. However, its playground was smaller than desired, he said, adding that A's officials are aware of the district's wish for more play space.

The proposed ballpark village, near Interstate 880 and Auto Mall Parkway, would feature a 32,000-seat stadium and a mix of retail shops, offices and residences.

Some of the residences would be three to four stories high.

Because of the greater housing density, the neighborhood could generate anywhere from 600 to 1,000 new students, Gephart said. The key, he added, is to design a campus with the flexibility to expand if necessary.

The A's latest plans, with the focus on the school, will be presented at Wednesday's school board meeting.

In preliminary designs earlier this year, an elementary school had been penciled to go up near Tri-Cities Landfill at the end of Auto Mall Parkway. But some Fremont residents objected to the location.

Now, the plan is to place a school east of Cushing Parkway, "in the heart of the residential development," Wolff said.

"To provide a K-6 school that serves the need of the population generated by our project ... that's still our commitment to the city," he said.

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