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This Cupertino school playground is similar to one that Manteca Unified will use to replace existing equipment at a transitional kindergarten location within the district.

Manteca Unified trustees are being asked to move forward with four renovation endeavors when they meet Tuesday.

*$18 million for a districtwide HVAC replacement project.

*$4 million for a districtwide playground replacement project.

*$200,000 for the renovation of asphalt play courts and landscape areas at Sequoia School.

*$200,000 for repair of 30 structural posts for walkway canopies at George Komnure School that have deteriorated due to the high mineral content of ground water.

The $18 million for the HVAC work is being taken from federal COVID-19 funds given to the State of California to pass thru to local school districts.

The 2019 Facilities Needs Assessment that was the basis for the $260 million Measure A bond passed by voters in November 2020, indicated 1,500 plus HVAC units throughout the district would require ongoing maintenance, service, repair or replacement across 32 campuses by 2029.

The board’s action Tuesday would mean those units can be replaced immediately instead of waiting for school modernization projects to take place at each campus.

It will also free up bond money to go toward other pressing needs. The district in 2019 identified in excess of $600 million of modernization needs.

The district will prioritize HVAC replacement based on age, condition and the type of units.

The lead time for HVAC procurement is 20 weeks.

Installation could start as early as spring of 2023 with most being installed in the summer of 2023.

Should the board Tuesday move forward with the playground work, proposals will be developed for each playground replacement.

The board meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the district office, 2271 Louise Ave.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email