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Sierra High naming office after Arucan

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POSTED April 16, 2014 12:41 a.m.

Welcome to the Frederick H. Arucan Administration Building. That will be greeting welcoming visitors to the Sierra High School Administration Office.

The Manteca Unified Board of Trustees unanimously approved Tuesday night the official renaming of the Timberwolves’ main building in honor of the school’s retired principal. The other choice presented to the naming committee was Timberwolves Administration Building.

“He’s somewhat responsible for the building the great culture that Sierra High has,” Senior Director of Secondary Education Clara Schmiedt told the members of the board, explaining some of the reasons behind the selection of Arucan.

She also pointed out that it was Arucan who became the school’s first principal when it opened in August 1994 and has been a coach for many years.

“He’s a great guy, in my humble opinion,” added Schmiedt who was one of the six who was appointed to the naming committee. The others were Sierra High Principal Steve Clark, Sierra teacher Brent VanZwaluwenburg, community members Sharon Amick and Tammy Johnson, and Sierra student Riley Cardoza.

Schmiedt also explained that the move to name the school’s administration is part of the plans being made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the school which opened in August 1994 at the start of the 1994-1995 school year.

As a rule, the school district does not promote the naming of a school site or facility, said Superintendent Jason Messer in response to a question by Trustee Michael Seelye.

“They have to come from the community or school site. Each school has to set the tone,” he said.

Manteca High School has an “extremely long tradition,” so they are naming more facilities than the other campus sites, he said.

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