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Manteca now has 50-acre temporary school farm

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POSTED February 19, 2009 4:53 a.m.
A 50-acre site in south Manteca could someday serve as a future high school campus.

Plans, however, will be dictated by several factors including growth of Manteca Unified’s student population.

The South Tinnin Road still has a useful service to the district as a temporary annex to the school farm.

At last Tuesday’s school board meeting, Jaime Sanchez, who is an instructor at Lathrop High, noted that the district’s Ag Project Committee has plans of cultivating the land.

“The area is now all cleared for farming,” he said.

Thanks to the crew of Ross F. Carroll, Inc. of Oakdale, the land was also grubbed and graded.

“All three parcels were leveled to the same grade,” acting Superintendent Jason Messer said.

Trustee Wendy King added that the cost for testing and staking should be considerably less when the actual time comes for constructing Manteca Unified’s sixth comprehensive high. “We’ve already done most of the work up front,” she said.

The board voted 6-1 on accepting the final work completion by Carroll, Inc.

Trustee Manuel Medeiros dissented, believing that the district overpaid the first time the project went out to bid. Nor was he pleased with the change orders.

Trustee Nancy Teicheira concurred, saying, “Testing was not on the original bid – we need to be given the whole information.”

Incidentally,the $312,430 was funded by the voter-approved Measure M money.

According to Sanchez, the Ag Advisory Committee has considered growing several crops in the area, including utilizing an orchard of almond trees to offset losses at the school farm.

The plan didn’t pan out due to the condition of the almond trees, with trees, instead, being uprooted and cleared.

Alfalfa and other produce will be grown at this south Manteca site.
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