MOUNTAIN HOUSE — A group of Hansen Village parents expressed their eagerness for their own K-8 school Monday afternoon at the groundbreaking for Peter Hansen Elementary School.
“We’ve been ready for this since we moved here 18 months ago,” Sesha Reddy Doggala said as he and his children took turns taking pictures with the symbolic groundbreaking shovels.
Doggala’s family lives across the road from the new school site at 1400 S. Durant Terrace, and his children will be going into preschool and third grade in August.
Prameela Lakshmipathy said she too would be excited to have a neighborhood school for her children. She took pictures of her 6-year-old son, Jayanth, as he held one of the shovels.
“We had hoped to get our own school,” she said. “Before, he was at Bethany. It’s a nice school, but we want our own. The community is growing so fast. Things are just going to get better and better in Mountain House.”
The Lammersville Unified School District Governing Board and Superintendent Kirk Nicholas hosted Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony. Board President David Pombo praised the gathering for the efforts that had gone into planning the school.
Peter Hansen Elementary School is slated to cost $38.6 million to build on 16 acres in the southwestern part of Hansen Village. It is expected to open in August 2018 with 500 students.
Nicholas said that Lammersville Unified School District had to overcome obstacles to plan Hansen School, as with most of the schools in the master-planned community. He said the district began planning just before the recession hit in 2008 and then had to work to get funding, including Mello-Roos payments and matching funds from the state.
“This is very exciting for us,” he said. “It’s our sixth K-8 school.”
The two-story school will have 37 classrooms with smart technology, two playgrounds, a library and a multi-use space.
Supervisor Bob Elliott gave the school board a certificate of recognition from the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
“I always enjoy coming to Mountain House,” he said. “Great things are happening in the community and lots more yet to come.”