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Board may award bid on all-weather Sierra High track

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POSTED July 28, 2009 1:07 a.m.


The all-weather track at Sierra High could be one step closer to reality.


Trustees of the Manteca Unified School District tonight are scheduled to award the contract for work on the nine-lane synthetic surface in Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium to either Ross F. Carroll, Inc. of Oakdale or Knife River Construction of Stockton.


 Those two were among the four bids on the project estimated at $509,363.


Carroll, however, had the lowest overall bid at $401,355, with Knife River’s total bid coming in at $404,944.


Staff could recommend that the board opt with the low-bidder Carroll.


Thus far, Sierra High has received over $146,000 in contributions to help defray the cost for the project. This includes $500 from the Manteca Unified Student Trust or MUST, $45,840 from the SHS Grant, and $100,000 in donations.


The Brick Project recently started up by volunteer Sharon Amick could further benefit the track project along with the stadium beautification.


Donors could post their name and a message on either a 4-by-8 inch brick or an 8-by-8 brick, with the cost varying based on the size of the brick and format.


Amick is part of the grass-root group consisting of Sierra High athletic director Greg Leland, track coach Anthony Chapman, and community member Don Widmer. They’ve worked under the radar for the better part of three years.


In recent months, the dirt track at Sierra High has serviced the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Manteca Senior Games, and the MUST events, to name a few.


The SHS group is hoping to break ground next month, with the project possibly being completed by November.


To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com”vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com

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