Education

First Folsom elementary in over a decade will have enhanced security and innovative class spaces

Folsom's first school in more than a decade will be built in the Folsom Ranch community, south of Highway 50.
Folsom's first school in more than a decade will be built in the Folsom Ranch community, south of Highway 50.

Folsom Unified plans to build its first new school in more than a decade to serve students in Folsom Ranch, the planned community being built south of Highway 50 in Folsom.

The 3,300-acre Folsom Ranch project will contain nearly 11,000 homes and apartments, two fire stations, a police station and 82 acres of office and commercial buildings. It will be built out over 25 to 30 years.

The new school will be a single two-story building that will accommodate 668 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The two-story building will allow the district to build on a smaller footprint and will enhance security and collaboration at the school, according to district officials.

The school is designed with flexible spaces to adapt easily to changing student populations and educational programs, said Matt Washburn, director of facilities and planning for the district. The design of the site, with fewer exterior doors and a single point of entry, is designed to increase security.

"The teaching spaces will provide students, teachers and the school community the opportunity to develop collaboration and communication skills that will be necessary to build relationships and thrive in the global workspace," he said.

The school is expected to open in 2020.

Eventually the community will have five elementary schools, each adjacent to a five-acre park, one middle school and one high school, said Daniel Thigpen, Folsom Cordova Unified spokesman.

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