A dozen people toured the new campus of Cosumnes River Elementary School Friday afternoon, passing by the administrative building that will be the school’s entrance. It’s located across from a large parking area.
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After pupils left Friday for the holiday weekend, Cosumnes River Elementary School staff members took a short walk along the muddy shoulder of Highway 16 to reach a freshly paved road that leads to the campus being built next door. They were taking their first tour of the new facilities, and you can tag along.
Teachers got a preview of what awaits them this fall when the new school opens to the 500 kindergarten through sixth grade students now attending CRES. Principal Mike Gulden, Elk Grove Unified School District facilities official Steve Conti, and construction inspector Daniel Cox, president of Cox Construction Services Inc., showed them around.
“It’s going to be the best school in the school district,” Conti said. “We have a great architect and great contractor.”
The new school has five education buildings and two utility buildings. It sits on a hill overlooking Highway 16, while the back of the site offers a bucolic view to the Cosumnes River. The school has its own water supply and sewage system.
Teachers left the 1948 school building behind for a closer look at the new facility they’ve watched being built just beyond their classroom windows.
Elk Grove Unified School District facilities official Steve Conti and Principal Mike Gulden showed the group the muted earth-tone colors and finishes they’ll see in the completed school.
The distinctive building that Highway 16 commuters have noticed taking shape the last few months will house the library and computer room under its rotunda, Gulden explained.
The group was able to go inside the kindergarten building, which has three classrooms and a workroom. Each classroom will have a bathroom, and the kindergarten will have its own play area. The building can accommodate six half-day kindergarten classes.
The two-story classroom building will have two staircases and an elevator.
The site is bigger, but CRES remains a rural school where children can see goats, cattle and horses grazing in the surrounding fields.
Getting buildings closed in means work can continue on the multi-purpose building and others during the winter rains to help keep the project on schedule.
The multi-purpose building has a large room with a high, vaulted ceiling and a stage. There’s also a kitchen.
A heritage oak tree was saved and transplanted to the front of the new school, where it’s a dramatic presence.
The plans show the layout of the school site and traffic flow.
New and old CRES exist side by side these days, but that will change when the old school is torn down to create playing fields for the new school. The mountain of soil piled up behind the school will be used to build the playing fields to the level of the current portable classrooms on the site -- about 10 feet, Gulden said. Other changes: The two temporary water tanks by the highway will be replaced by a large, permanent tank at the back of the property, and a traffic light will be installed at the realignment of Kiefer Boulevard with the school driveway.