Construction has begun on a new addition and renovations to Pleasanton Elementary. The addition will bring all grades together in a single building.
The nearly $9 million project also includes demolition of existing buildings, an expanded wrestling and weight room, interior renovations and a new cafeteria and commons area.
"The elementary rooms were too small for the number of children in the school, but now they will be big enough for teachers to move around and provide an enhanced educational experience," said Mark Benjamin, president of BD Construction who has contracted the project.
Pleasanton wrestlers are among the students who will have more room when construction is complete in early 2015.
In addition to new locker rooms, the new wrestling and weight area will be much larger, allowing space for a full-size mat. The school plans to also make the weight room available to the community.
The library will move to a new location in the front of the building that could allow it to remain open during the summer.
"The community has been very supportive of the school bond issue passed last March, and we're excited to get underway," said Ron Wymore, Pleasanton Public Schools superintendent.
"When construction is complete, students won't have to go outside to another building to get to their next class or lunch. The kids are very excited -- we're all very excited -- to be able to move into our new space," he said.