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Future high school site ready for crop planting

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POSTED February 17, 2009 4:23 a.m.
Trustees of the Manteca Unified School District will consider accepting the completion of work tonight at the future high school site in south Manteca.
But for now, the 50 acres along Tinnin Road will benefit the district’s Ag Project.
The land was recently cleared, grubbed and graded thanks to Ross F. Carroll, Inc., of Oakdale.
The property consisting of four different parcels including an almond orchard could be a money maker for the school farm, according to acting Superintendent Jason Messer.
He indicated back in September that the district’s sixth comprehensive high school is several years away from even being considered. But until then the land can be used for a temporary school farm.
The Ag Advisory Committee has considered growing several crops in the area. The school farm next to the district office complex stands to lose several acres of almond trees, with produce grown and sold at the temporary site offsetting those losses.
For its efforts, Carroll, Inc. will be paid $312,430 from the voter-approved Measure M funds. Trustees are expected to sign off on the final completion contract during the 7 p.m. open session in the new administration building, 2901 E. Louise Ave.
For more information, call the district office at (209) 825-3200.
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