DUBLIN -- A new elementary school is coming to fast-growing eastern Dublin in the fall of 2015 to avert classroom overcrowding in that part of town.

The Dublin school district has commissioned architects to design the new school for 900 students to be located at Positano Parkway and East Cántara. The campus site is in an area with many new homes and more planned.

"Our elementary schools are at or near capacity," said Greg Tomlinson, the Dublin school board president. "We need a new school."

An early rough estimate of the construction cost is $47 million. District officials say they are hoping to award a construction contract this summer.

The time is approaching to name the school. The public will be asked to comment on possible new names for the campus at a public hearing at the Dublin school board 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday in district headquarters at 7471 Larkview Ave.

Names suggested by a district advisory committee include J.M. Amador, an early rancher and land grant holder; Alamilla Springs, site of a natural water spring and an old stagecoach stop; Virginia Bennett, a Dublin librarian for 14 years; and Millie Martin Hansen, a Dublin farmer and mother who raised crops in her garden during the Great Depression.

The new school will be the first two-story elementary school in the Dublin public school system -- a reflection on how land is getting pricier and scarcer in town after years of fast growth. Building single-story classroom buildings wouldn't leave enough space for turf fields and blacktop areas for students to play, said Kim McNeeley, the district's facilities manager.

District officials said they don't yet have a cost estimate for the project. The Dublin School Board last month authorized a backup financing plan for the project in case the state cannot provide its traditional 50 percent match for construction bonds in time.

"We don't want the school construction delayed if the state money isn't ready to go when we're ready to build," Tomlinson said.

The state fund for local school construction is effectively used up now and unlikely to be replenished until after the state holds a new state school bond measure in perhaps 2014. To avert delays, the Dublin School Board last month authorized issuing $20 million in five-year bond anticipation notes that must be repaid from local Measure E bond money if no other source is available. School officials said they expect to get the state matching funds eventually.

"We are confident we will get the state funds at some time unless the state fundamentally turns its school construction on its head upside-down," Tomlinson said.

Developer fees will pay a large portion of the cost of the new school, referred to temporarily as the 'E4' campus. While student numbers in many Bay Area school districts are shrinking due to demographic changes and an aging population, Dublin has been growing more than 5 percent annually in recent years said Dublin school Superintendent Stephen Hanke.

"We are planning ahead to meet growth," he said.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.

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