Danville Express

Newsfront - March 9, 2007

Joint use deal makes bigger splash

San Ramon joins school district for better facilities at new high school

by Jordan M. Doronila

Trustees recently approved a deal where the city of San Ramon pays $9 million to upgrade two new facilities at Dougherty Valley High School, which will open in the fall.

The Board of Education gave its approval of a joint use agreement between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and San Ramon in building a new aquatic facility and a performing arts center at Dougherty Valley.

Developers Shapell Homes and Windemere BLC (Brookfield, Lennar and Centex) are funding approximately $150 million to erect the new high school. Under the district's joint use agreement, San Ramon will pay $9 million for upgrading the school's pool and performing arts center.

When the projects are finished, both the schools and the community can use the facilities. However, the district will have priority during school hours.

"It's a win-win partnership," said district spokesman Terry Koehne. "It's not only something good for the schools but good for the community."

With the new deal, the 400-seat performing arts center will get an additional 200 seats, and it will have a 3,500-square-foot rehearsal space.

The aquatic center's planned 25-meter swimming pool will now be 50 meters. It will also have a children's teaching play pool for instruction, plus lockers, restrooms and administrative space.

"We truly believe that schools should be the hub of the community," Koehne said.

"It's great," he added. "It's fabulous."

The new Dougherty Valley High School will open in the fall, which should alleviate some of the traffic currently caused by students commuting to school in Danville.

It will be located at the corner of Bollinger Canyon and Albion Road in San Ramon. The school is scheduled to open in the fall with ninth and 10th grade students only and add the other two grades one each subsequent year.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com


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