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MUSD board approves $86K for Weston Ranch greenhouse

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POSTED February 13, 2013 1:27 a.m.

The Manteca Unified Board of Trustees unanimously approved $86,484 in Measure M funds for the construction of a greenhouse at Weston Ranch High School in French Camp.

Included in that estimated budget are costs for site utilities such as interior and exterior electrical work. The item was approved without any discussion by the board members.

The greenhouse would be used to enhance the school’s agriculture program. Weston Ranch’s Agriculture Department currently manages a garden adjacent to the school tennis courts along Henry Long Boulevard.

Acquiring a greenhouse for Weston Ranch actually saves the district approximately $19,000. That cost savings was discovered when the original plans for the Lathrop Career Technical Education lease/lease back project included two greenhouses. To reduce costs, the order was reduced to just one greenhouse. However, staff soon learned that the “cost of two greenhouses purchased from the same vendor versus two greenhouses purchased separately” would cut the total price to about $19,000.

With that discovery, and to capitalize on that cost saving, Weston Ranch High School’s ag program ended up having its own greenhouse as well.

The cost of the greenhouse alone is $45,324.96. Electrical site work totals $23,491.04 with the price tag for interior electrical work plus pea gravel base running up to $16,767. A $901 job contingency for unexpected expenses rounds out the total to $86,484.

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