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Manteca USD offering social studies summer academy
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As part of the recent big budget cuts, Manteca Unified eliminated summer school at both the elementary and high school sites.

The district, instead, will go to a Social Studies Summer Academy specifically for 10th- through 12th-grade students.

Trustees last week approved a five-week, 23-day schedule for those attending Calla, East Union, New Vision, Sierra, Weston Ranch, Lathrop High, and Manteca High, from June 7 through July 8.

 The Social Studies Summer Academy – although not remedial – will be held at both East Union and Weston Ranch.

In addition, bus transportation will not be provided for the 2010 program.

The courses offered will be Government /Economics, U.S. History and World History.

 Ken Johnson, president of the Manteca Educators Association, had fairness concerns about the start-up summer academy.

“We’re having summer school for some but not for everyone,” he said.

Trustee Rex Holiday also inquired if the summer program could accommodate math for eighth- and ninth-grade students.

Superintendent Jason Messer, however, indicated that adding on to the summer academy would be a “general fund deficit.”

Meanwhile, the program requires for one administrator to oversee the program at the two high school campuses along with one clerical assistant per site.

In addition, seniors in need of 10 credits or fewer for graduation will be able to take the independent study summer program offered at Lindbergh School.

More information on the Social Studies Summer Academy can be obtained by calling the district office at (209)825-3200.