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Manteca Unified may sell Lathrop Annex campus

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POSTED July 29, 2009 1:18 a.m.

The recent budget cuts forced the Manteca Unified School District to close down the Sequoia Annex and Lathrop Annex.

As for what to do with the vacated property, Superintendent Jason Messer is seeking input from the school board and the community.

“We’ve closed down both annexes and have moved students and resources over to the (respective) main sites,” he said at Tuesday’s meeting.

Messer noted that one such plan could include the Manteca Day School at Manteca High moving over to the Sequoia Annex.

“That could mean more room for the day school while freeing up space at Manteca High,” he said. “Manteca High could use the day school site.”
The property at the Lathrop Annex could possibly be put up for sale. Thus far, Messer has already received interest from the community including a few churches.

 “We would have to determine if the property was originally purchased with state funds,” he added.

If not, Messer noted money from the sales of this property could go back to the general fund.

“My question is: Do we sell the (Lathrop Annex) property? If so, how much are we asking?  Should we look at leasing the property?” he said.
Those questions and more can be addressed by contacting Messer at the district office, (209) 825-3200.

In addition, the board gave its OK for the district to move forward negotiating with Premier Community Credit Union on leasing of the old board room.

The credit union office is currently located near Louise Avenue in Lathrop.

Messer indicated that Premier has plans of being open on Saturdays, and would need gate access to the district office complex.

If all goes accordingly, the district could possibly put the money used for the rent back into the general fund.

To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail


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