East Union High is set for a major makeover as Manteca Unified moves toward spending part of the $260 million Measure A school bond to address aging structures, and educational deficiencies.
A proposed facilities master plan being presented to the school board when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. will also help set the stage for future expansion of the campus that currently has 1,600 students to accommodate upwards of 2,200 students based on education programming.
The upgrade is being broken down into four phases. If the school board agrees with the master plan that is the result of a collaborative effort between district staff, faculty, students and the community, physical work would start on the first phase next year.
It would not only be the most visible work to the community but it would also set the tone for reorienting the campus.
It will include the construction of a two-story classroom building and media center on the grassy area in front of the school office between the student and staff parking lots along Union Road. There will also be a new quad created.
Once completed 29 portable classrooms will be demolished.
That means the work can take place without having to create temporary student housing.
Phase two would modernize the current administration/library into the new administration, attendance and student services complex.
The locker room and choir room would also be modernized.
Phase three involves building a new small gym and weight room. Once those are completed, the existing small gym will be demolished.
An athletic resource center will be built as an addition to the existing large gym. The large gym and gym lobby will also be modernized.
The existing attendance office will be converted into a studio lab with the ceramics building being modernized at the same time.
A new ticket booth and stadium entrance would also be put in place.
The fourth phase and beyond would include north parking lot improvements. It also will allow the creation of a new athletic entrance and drop off zone entering from Northgate Drive and exiting on North Union Road where the south parking lot is located.
Two tennis courts would be removed to accommodate the work.
The pool and track upgrades also would occur in later phases.
If the board gives the go ahead work will start on more precise plans to zero in on the costs.
The board just recently authorized the first sale of bonds to the tune of $65 million. That will allow work beyond what is now underway with Measure G bond proceeds to continue at Manteca and East Union high schools as well as French Camp, McParland, Nile Garden, and New Haven elementary schools. It will also provide funds to work on plans for the next wave of work throughout the district.
The first priority will be given to the two campuses with the most pressing needs — Manteca High and East Union High.
Both campuses have buildings in excess of 50 years of age.
After the current work at the two high schools using what Measure G funds could be committed to them is done, there is $62 million in modernization needs left at Manteca High and $49 million at East Union High. That doesn’t include more than $80 million in education needs at both campuses such as a theater at East Union.
The initial work at East Union High involves the expenditure of $14 million.
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