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POSTED October 22, 2013 11:15 p.m.

There’s a campus growing at the Manteca Unified School District property on the corner of West Louise Avenue and South Airport Way.

And it needs a name – a catchy name. One that is distinctive.

The public is being asked to come up with a name and submit their suggestions to the school district office. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 25. Recommendations must be accompanied by “pertinent information” – no more than a page – supporting the name being suggested. A committee will consider the suggestions and then select two which will be forwarded to the Board of Education for final approval during a regular scheduled meeting.

The name selected will give a distinct identity to the various educational programs that have found a home at the school district property on the northwest corner of West Louise Avenue and South Airport Way. Among them are:

• the Manteca Unified Vocational Academy, the district’s first vocational charter school which opened in August 2012 with the Culinary Arts School as the first program offered. A MUVA Café, operated and managed by the students, opened on campus late last year. It was opened to the public last month. MUVA is open to junior high students. The tuition-free program allows participating students to receive their high school diploma and marketable skills by the time they graduate from high school.

• the Manteca Adult School which moved to its new location after the Lindbergh School building on East North Street on the corner of Lincoln Avenue was closed due to budget cuts as well as structural defects that made the structure potentially dangerous in the event of an earthquake.

• the School Farm which now boasts a fully remodeled facility complete with barns for beef, swine and sheep as well as a state-of-the-art fabrication shop which is currently being used by students enrolled in MUVA’s Industrial and Technical Design, the second program offered by the vocational charter school.

• the new Gen7 Regional Environmental Studies Center, which officially opened on Sept. 26, is a cooperative venture between the school district and the Manteca-based American Modular Systems which built the pre-fabricated multi-use building. It will be a place where Central Valley students and residents free access to environmental environmental education and resources.

Giving a name or a “brand” to the campus is intended to change people’s perception and think of it as a learning facility, and one that is open beyond the normal business hours at the school district office.

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