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The 26,720-square-foot building at 2060 Challenger Drive once served as light manufacturing space for firms that provided assembly line, communication and security equipment. But at the beginning of the year the building became a new home for the Alameda Unified School District’s administrative offices, its open spaces and hard, concrete floors replaced by a thin tile carpet and neat rows of cubicles ringed by conference rooms.

“None of this was in place in November,” Alameda Unified’s chief business officer, Robert Shemwell, said as he gave The Alamedan a tour of the new offices earlier this month. “It was very industrial-looking before.”

Schools leaders are getting ready to draft a long-term facilities plan for the first time in half a century – and also, to figure out how to pay for the schools the plan says Alameda will need.

The plan would address whether Alameda needs two comprehensive high schools, two middle schools and 10 elementary schools or whether a different lineup of schools would better suit the school district’s educational objectives and enrollment. It would also lay out the costs of different school facility options.