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Classes, construction & computers
Modernization work taking place during school year
Lathrop School is one of five initial Measure G bond projects. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

The three “C”s will set the tone for five Manteca Unified elementary campuses this coming school year — classes, construction, and computers.

All 23,500 of Manteca Unified students will start their first full year of the $30 million Going Digital with tablets being used in even more aspects of their studies and classroom work than it was at the end of last school year.

Students at Lincoln, Shasta, Golden West, Lathrop, and Sequoia elementary schools will benefit from another major investment — $56.4 million for the first phase of the Measure G bond modernization projects.

The projects could go to bid as early as September with work possibly starting before 2016 for the endeavors expected to take three years from the time the work started on construction documents to final completion.

“We should be able to do the major construction in about a year’s time,” Deputy Superintendent Clark Burke noted.

 That’s because work can go on during the actual school year.

For example, the new multipurpose room work at Lincoln School won’t displace students.

Vacant portables can be used to relocate some classes so modernization of classrooms can take place also during the school year. Campuses that have new classroom wings being built will be able to shift students into those from existing classrooms when they are done so modernization work can take place.

The phased approach to each campus will result in minimal disruption.

The Sequoia project will also use $981,792 in unspent Measure M bond money.