Alder Creek Elementary School will host 764 students and should be complete by the summer of 2024
Leaders and members of Folsom Cordova Unified School District, along with dignitaries from the various levels of city, county and state as well as local community members came together Tuesday evening to perform the ceremonial kick off to the construction of Alder Creek Elementary School.
Alder Creek Elementary School is the newest school to be constructed in the community of Folsom Ranch, often referred to as “South of the 50.” With construction already underway, the new school is expected to be complete and ready for students by the summer of 2024.
Located at 4545 Old Ranch Way, Alder Creek Elementary School was designed by Rainforth Grau Architects and is the second elementary school to serve the rapidly growing area of Folsom. Mangini Ranch Elementary opened in 2021 for grades TK-5.
Tuesday evening, members of the media and the community got the first look at renderings of the new facility will be constructed much like that of Mangini Ranch Elementary. The plans consist of a one building structure that is 80,000 square feet in size and two stories. The plans include a sports field and several asphalt recreation and play areas, including basketball courts.
The plans include room for future expansion by the use of portable buildings. They also have a proposed addition for a student care center. Roebbelen Contracting and Lease Leaseback have been named as the contractors for the project, two organizations well known for their work on educational facilities in the region.
The school is forecast to host up to 764 students ranging in grades TK-5, according the initial plans, not including the future expansion options. Construction of the facility is funded partially by a combination of Measure M Bond funds state funds, general obligation bonds and developer fees.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s boundaries include the cities of Folsom and Rancho Cordova, both of which adjoin Highway 50. Folsom’s population is approximately 82,000, similar to Rancho Cordova’s population of approximately 81,000.
When it comes to schools on the south side of US50, Alder Creek will not be the last to be planned and constructed. By the time the Folsom Ranch Development is complete, the city will have several additional schools, including a third public high school and middle school and a total of five elementary schools. All schools will be fully funded by state funds, general obligation bonds and developer fees.