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Old Yosemite School now Manteca Day School campus

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POSTED September 23, 2009 1:38 a.m.
The Manteca Community Day School has a new home.

Trustees of the Manteca Unified School District voted Tuesday to relocate fewer than 100 students and one administrator to the site located adjacent to Manteca High to the former Sequoia Annex.

The Annex was home to kindergarten- through second- grade youngsters in recent years. But as part of the recent budget cuts, the board agreed to move students there to the main campus.

The former Yosemite School has been vacant since the start of this school year.

Superintendent Jason Messer indicated that the moving of Manteca Day to the Sequoia Annex would prevent a charter school from moving in. He also noted that the district had no interest in selling or leasing the property.

Trustee Manuel Medeiros, for one, agreed with the move.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” he said.

The board voted 7-0.

The cost would be limited in terms of the move. However, Messer noted changes at the old elementary school site would mean converting classroom desks, furniture and even restroom facilities to accommodate seventh- through 12th- grade students enrolled in Manteca Day.

“For neighbors, the school is a closed campus where 99 percent of the students are bused in and out,” Messer said. “Students are not allowed to leave the school.”

Manteca Day is a special curriculum that offers a more flexible program than that of a traditional school.
As for the current Manteca Day site, Messer said the 10 classrooms would be occupied – at least in the short term - by Manteca High.

Future plans could include using the classrooms for health science. “We just applied for a grant,” he added.

Additional storage for MHS would be another option.
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