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Artificial turf at MHS, EU: 8.5 million greenbacks
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Get ready for sticker shock.

It’ll cost a cool $8.5 million — a little more than the third of the cost to build an elementary school — to replicate artificial turf and all-weather track at the Manteca and East Union high school campuses that was approved for Weston Ranch High by the Manteca Unified board. The price tag at Weston Ranch was $2.9 million.

The cost will be shared tonight with community members when the school board conduct a workshop at the Manteca High Dorothy Mulvihill Theatre, 450 E. Yosemite Ave., at 6 p.m.

The workshop tonight is to find out what the community would like to see at Manteca and East Union in terms of the stadium and track surfaces. District administration has stressed that spending money on upgrades at stadiums could short charge or delay other desired projects such as modernizing and renovating the theatre where the workshop takes place tonight.

A workshop planned for the Lathrop High School Theatre on Tuesday, March 1, at 6 p.m. will focus on stadiums at Lathrop High and Sierra High.

Moorhead seeking

third council term

Debby Moorhead has indicated she is running for re-election in November to the Manteca City Council.

The other incumbent — Vince Hernandez — has said he will step down after 14 years.

There are two other declared candidates — businessman Gary Singh and insurance agent Jeff Zellner. Both are currently serving on the Manteca Planning Commission.

Manteca High third

In academic decathlon

Manteca High finished third Saturday in the 35th annual San Joaquin County Academic Decathlon.

Tracy took first followed by Lodi’s Middle College High during the final round of competition Lathrop High. There were 12 highs schools competing.

Manteca tied with Tracy for top honors in the Super Quiz.

Manteca council

makes appointments

The Manteca City Council has re-appointed Cecilia Drake, Amanda Dhaliwal and Neal Smith to the Public Safety Tax Oversight Committee. They also appointed Janet D’Ambrogio to the Senior Advisory Committee.

Drake has also served on the Manteca Parks & Recreation Commission, Library Task Force, San Joaquin County Library Advisory Board, Vision 2020 Task Force and the Downtown Business and Advisory Board. She serves as the statewide advertising network administrator for the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Dhaliwal is a bank manager who has served on the Give Every Child a Chance board and Central Valley Realtors Association board as well as the Punjabi American Association board’s ladies’ wing.

Smith is a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant.

D’Ambrogio is the current chairperson of the Trips and Tours Committee at the Manteca Senior Center. She also was the Manteca Senior Center Volunteer of the Year for 2015-16 and has volunteered at the Manteca Library and the Manteca Animal Shelter.