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Manteca Unified may seek renter for shuttered Lindbergh School
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Manteca Unified is already a landlord to a number of district properties.

The old district offices including the room where the Board of Trustees used to hold their meetings are already being rented out to private businesses.

Will the empty Lindbergh School be next in line as district rental?

That is one of the items that will be considered and discussed by the school board at their regular meeting tonight beginning at 7 o’clock. They will meet in the new building whose construction and opening led to the availability of the old district offices for lease to the private sector. Both the old and new offices are at the same location at 2271 West Louise Avenue, corner of Airport Way.

The district mothballed the old Lindbergh School building on East North Street, corner of Lincoln Street, last year due to stringent budget cuts in state funds. As a result, many of the Adult School classes were discontinued. To further save funds, and using budgetary wizardry in the face of the budget crisis, some of the ROP classes were moved to other campuses such as Sierra High and Lathrop High School. The move resulted in the closure of the big building, with the remaining classes plus the school’s administrative offices being moved into the portables in the back of the building. The gate on Sutter Street also became the front entrance into school facility due to the Lindbergh building being shuttered to save utility expenses such as air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter. The restrooms in the old buildings were the only ones being open for use.

After the discussion, the board is expected to give staff regarding the lease of the Lindbergh Educational Center.

In other action items, the board will:

•Discuss and give direction on whether to continue supporting the Manteca Unified Student Trust (M.U.S.T.) and to discuss concerns regarding conflict of interest involving a member of the board being a paid worker for MUST, a foundation designed to “support and promote the healthy, lifelong learning of students in the Manteca Unified School District.”

•Discuss and consider what to do with the district’s quilting machine formerly used by students at the Adult School at Lindbergh, and then give direction to staff.