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Board may tweak bus reduction strategy
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Trustees of the Manteca Unified School District could look to tweak the “no bus zone” on Tuesday.

The current bus service flap is the result of a plan approved last June by the board as a Level II cut to help bridge the $31 million budget short fall.

Doing away with the home-to-school transportation – the projected savings according to district officials, was about $300,000 – has caused an inconvenience to some families, with parents having to juggle their work schedule in order to get their youngster to and from school.

The board will discuss the student transportation, home to school transportation, and other means of transportation during the 7 p.m. open session in the new administration building, 2271 W. Louise Ave.

Currently, the district isn’t furnishing transportation for kindergarten- through eighth-grade students living within the 1.25-mile radius of the school site under the “no bus zone.”

The same goes for ninth- through 12th-grade students. Those living within the 2.5-mile radius of their high school must walk or provide their own source of transportation.

At the previous board meeting, parents expressed their concerns, particularly those in the New Haven School area.

The rural area is without sidewalks and cross walks, with traffic on the busy stretch consisting of a large volume of trucks en route to the San Joaquin County waste facility on South Austin Road. Couple that with more cars on the road, with parents delivering and picking up students.

Trustees are also concerned about safety of youngsters throughout the district.

Other agenda items include:

•In closed session, Superintendent Jason Messer is scheduled to receive his employee performance evaluation.
•The board could adopt a resolution declaring that Manteca Unified has provided each pupil with sufficient text books and instructional materials.
•Trustees are expected to accept the final completion of portables relocated from Lathrop Annex to Lathrop School.
•The board is scheduled to approve one-year extension for use of facilities as submitted by Greater Maranatha Church of God (August Knodt School), Lathrop Christian Center (Lathrop High), United Church of God (McParland School), Calvary Chapel (Veritas School), and Weston Ranch Community Church (New Vision Education Center).
•Trustees are expected to approve the relocation of four portable classrooms from Weston Ranch High to the district farm.
For more information, call the district office at (209) 825-3200 or log on to

To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail