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Buckling concrete in the parking lot at Joshua Cowell Elementary School is one of the problems identified in a repairs project list involving all school campuses in Manteca Unified.


POSTED August 24, 2014 11:35 p.m.

Many older schools in Manteca Unified are showing their age. That is evidenced in the number of repairs and upgrades that they need, as shown in a draft project list that was prepared and presented to the Board of Trustees at the beginning of the year.

Several hundred million dollars will be needed to keep these educational structures up to date, with many of them falling under the category of health and safety concerns.

Some of those needs would be addressed of voters approve a $159 million bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The oldest schools posted the highest number of needed repairs due to their age. Topping the list is Manteca High, the oldest of the five traditional high schools in the district, with 33 upgrades identified. Not too far behind is East Union with 31 posted, and Sierra High, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this school year, lists 25.

Among the elementary schools, those with the longest history show upwards of 20 upgrades and repairs that are in need of immediate attention. These campuses include Lincoln, Lathrop, and New Haven elementary schools.

Below is a quick snapshot of some of the schools with a brief description of some of the work that needs to be done at these sites:

uAugust Knodt Elementary School: Total of recommended repairs and upgrades: 22.  Problems fixing cracked asphalt in the play yard, missing tiles in all the roofs, flood control near the old cafeteria, removal and replacement of some of the portables. Repair costs range from $14,000 to replace the student gardens, to $2.6 million for the removal of portables. Vocational Academy : Construction of new classrooms. This latest campus addition to the school district will need $12 million to construct a new school, $5.5 million for an auto shop building, $5.5 million for a classroom wing near the shop, and $4 million for a new two-story wing of the Adult Education School.

uBrock Elliott Elementary: 20 repairs that include playground replacement and asphalt repair in the play yard. Costs range from $17,780 for curbing around some portions of the playground, $2 million to remove and replace old portables, and $4 million for the construction of a new multi-use room.

uCalla High: Roof repairs/replacements. Installation of a fire alarm, and video surveillance installation, and upgrades to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning units. The major expense for Calla High is the construction of new school that will include administration offices, library, classrooms, and shops.

uEast Union High School: 31 repairs that include expansion of the parking lot, new carpets for portable classrooms, removal and upgrading of lockers, replace portables, kitchen renovation, restroom remodeling, and concrete replacement to prevent run-off that causes slippery ramps. Major costs will involve the replacement of portables with a $6.4 million price tag, $1.45 million to upgrade the ag shops, $1.1 million for a new air conditioner in the school theater, and $4.5 million for new science labs, $7 million for the construction of a new theater, and $5 million for a new vocational Ed shop.

uFrench Camp School: 19 repairs that include fixing or repairing leaky portable roofs, fixing a broken water fountain, and replacing worn carpets. Major expenses will be the construction of new classrooms ($10 million to replace B, J and L wings, $6 million to remodel the old building, and $3.4 million to replace old portables.

uGeorge Komure (Weston Ranch): 17 repairs, from installing new signage for speed limits, entry and exit, to replacing carpets, The playfield will need to be kept up to a safe standard with the estimated cost at $1327 million. Replacement of old portables will be the tune of $3.4 million.

uGolden West Elementary: 24 repairs. These include the construction of a new cafeteria at $4 million, and $3.4 million to replace old portables.

uGreat Valley Elementary (Weston Ranch): 20 repairs. Among them - $1.2 million for field improvement, $1.2 million for replacement of old portables, with similar amounts needed for similar projects at Great Valley Annex School.

uJoshua Cowell Elementary: 19 repairs which include carpet replacements in portables, classrooms, and school office, $4 million for the construction of a new multi-use room, plus $2.4 to replace old portables.

uLathrop School: 24 repairs that include improvements made to the field area which remain uneven and unsafe at an estimated cost of $.2 million, $4 million for the construction of a new cafeteria, and $4.6 million to replace old portables.

uLathrop High School: 13 repairs which include hooking up sewer service, new turf in the stadium, and removal of speed bumps and fencing around the pool.

uLincoln Elementary: 25 repairs. These include removal and treatment of dry rot under eaves (estimated cost at $475,000 and $1.42 million to make ball fields playable, and construction of a new multi-use room is pegged at $4 million.

uMcParland Elementary and Annex: 23 repairs. They include construction of new multi-use room at $4 million, replacement of old portables at $3.6 million, portable replacement at $2.4 million, and replacing asphalt with grass in the field.

uManteca Day School: 13 repairs. Among them, re-caulking of all windows at an estimated cost of $172,000 and the installation of a new Gen7 new wing at $3.5 million.

uManteca High School: 33 repairs. These include replacement of stadium lights and bleachers to meet legal mandate in the American Disabilities Act at $2 million, and fixing of the ag/field house parking lot which is in bad shape at a cost of $175,000. The school also needs a larger pool, with the price tag placed at $3 million.

For a complete list of the proposed repairs and estimated expenses involved, visit and click on superintendent, then scroll down to Master Facilities Plan.

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