After conducting a site visit of the Livermore charter schools (our firm’s client) with a rating agency today, my reaction is WOW. Their existing facilities are not too shabby as-is.
Cool facts: every K-12 kid is provided with a laptop, and all textbooks are provided electronically. No heavy backpacks being toted around by kids. Very 21st century. Even more importantly, class sizes are only 20:1 in the K-5 grades and no more than 27:1 in the upper grades, much better than many public schools.
Nevertheless, the schools are planning on moving into even nicer, more spacious facilities in the fall. We are trying to help arrange bond financing for the move. The property to be acquired is a mostly vacant office park north of I-580 near the recently completed Portola Avenue interchange. While originally designed for commercial use, the buildings and layout are nearly perfect for use as a modern school campus. It may not match Dougherty Valley in size and looks (according to my boss), in my opinion it will look nicer than many community college campuses, let alone high schools, when all is said and done.
Here are some slides in case anyone is interested: