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Some schools receiving spring-break spruce-up
Roofing repairs at Calla High School on East Highway 120 in Manteca is one of the projects being done this week during spring break. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

Manteca High School tennis teams will be able to use the campus tennis courts again after the spring break.

The $35,000 repair project was given priority over three others on the pipeline because of safety-issues, said Manteca Unified Senior Operations Director David Burke. The tennis court’s surface is wearing away posing a real safety  hazard, rendering it inappropriate for use, he said.

“The last couple of years, it’s really gone down,” said Manteca High Principal Frank Gonzales of the Buffalo tennis court located on Mikesell Street east of Garfield Avenue. “We’re always looking to upgrade our facilities,” he added.

The Manteca High project was jockeyed to front position over carpet replacements at Sierra High, Sequoia Elementary, and Great Valley Elementary in Weston Ranch - each with approximately $25,000 price tags - primarily because of the safety-issue factor. It was for that reason the carpeting jobs at Sierra, Great Valley, and Sequoia were put “on hold,” explained Burke.

While the tennis court was out of use, Manteca High held its tennnis matches at the tennis courts of the Manteca Municipal Golf Court on Union Road.


Another spring break project under way is the paving of critical areas at Komure Elementary School in Weston Ranch at a cost of less than $25,000. Also taking advantage of the absence of student traffic on campus this week are repair jobs taking place at French Camp Elementary School and at Calla High on the corner of East Highway 120 and South Austin  Road. New roofing is being installed at both facilities to the tune of $75,000 combined.


Under the comprehensive Planned Major Maintenance/Repair Projects presented by Burke at a recent Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting, Priority 1 is described as one that poses immediate health and safety concernss. These include structural damage, broken or deflected paving, and electrical, communication and fire alarm installations.

Already completed Priority 1 projects are the following:

• Paving repairs at George McParland, Stella Brockman, and Neil Hafley elementary schools.

• Roofing at East Union High School, Lathrop Elementary, and Brock Elliott School.

• Site drainage work at Great Valley Elementary in Weston Ranch.

• Fire sprinkler repair at George Komure Elementary in Weston Ranch.

• Communication system and pool pump repairs at Lathrop High School.

The repairs done at Komure and Lathrop High were less than $25,000 each.

The price tag for each of the other repairs was less than $84,000 with each project requiring three construction proposals.

With the exception of specifically earmarked funding such as Measure M, Manteca Unified repairs are funded by the district’s general funds.