The community's first multistory elementary school could become reality if the Fremont school board on Wednesday approves a two-story classroom building at Warm Springs Elementary.
While a two-story classroom facility would save the district land at a time when it's confronting overcrowding at certain campuses, the seven-room project would cost the district more than $3 million.
Of the seven rooms, threewould replace existing portable classrooms, and three would be used to accommodate the additional 80 students projected to enroll at the school next fall. The last room would be available for possible future needs.
The project, while notable as the first multilevel structure on an elementary campus if approved, won't be the last such proposal for this bedroom community.
Oakland A's officials have discussed building a multistory "urban" school as part of its proposed ballpark village in Fremont. While school board members disagree about exactly how many levels the building should be, all are in agreement that a multistory elementary campus is OK in Fremont.
A two-story building already exists at Washington High School, and, while it's not run by the Fremont school district, the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program building on the Kennedy High campus is noticeable to drivers entering the city off Interstate 880 and Stevenson Boulevard.
In the case of Warm Springs Elementary, the district could conceivably look at building only single-story classrooms — which would come with a smaller price tag — but the school would have to give up play area, said Therese Gain, the district's facilities director. "As we get built out and run out of land, we'll be looking at (more multistories)," she said.
"As we get built out and run out of land, we'll be looking at (more multistories)," she said.