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$20M being spent to upgrade campus
The office at Nile Garden will face the front of the campus when work is completed to enhance security.

More than $20 million is being invested in Nile Garden School to modernize the campus, situate it for growth and deliver clean city drinking water.

Three projects — Measure G modernization, building additional classroom space for growth, and a water line — will get underway within a year.

It is one of the initial two projects in the second round of schools that the $159 million Measure G bond authorized by voters in November of 2014 will address. The other involves work at Neil Hafley School. In the next wave of phase two projects will be Manteca High and East Union High followed by New Haven, French Camp, and George McParland elementary schools.

One of the biggest safety issues being addressed is a new school bus drop off area that will be built along the eastern edge of the campus.

Currently the bus drop off zone is in the area of the main parking lot. The congestion forces a number of people to drop their children off by parking across the street at the edge of an orchard along Nile Avenue that is now a narrow country road.

The drop off zone will have a bus turnaround at the end. Teacher parking will also be created on the opposite side of the drop-off zone. That will free up space in the front parking lot.

Another major safety upgrade involves having the entrance to the office facing the parking lot. This means once school starts, visitors have to enter the office directly from the parking lot to check in before exiting another door onto the campus. Currently the access from the front gate does not go through the office.

A new multipurpose room will be built replacing the existing room of 2,000 square feet that is used for everything from assemblies to lunch. It will be designed to accommodate a basketball court with a large stage area that will double as a music room. There will also be a kitchen.

In a nod to the extensive use Nile Garden School gets for community events, the restrooms are being built so during the school day they can be accessed from the inside of the multipurpose room as well as from the courtyard/playground. When a community event takes place after school the doors accessing the campus interior will be locked.

The multipurpose room faces the bus turnout allowing an overhang to be created for inclement weather. Given Nile Garden is a rural school with students bused from the countryside as well as city students in the attendance boundary that live a significant distance from the campus, the concern about inclement weather for waiting students is a nod to the fact the campus has one of the highest percentage of bused students in the district.

New kindergarten classes will be added allowing them to be clustered near their own drop off area.

Work will be done on existing classrooms to address health and safety issues as well as items that need to be modernized. Various “pull out programs” that are occupying space that could be re-purposed as classrooms will be combined into a resource center with appropriately sized space. The move generates more classroom space while saving money.

The campus designed for 750 plus students will be able to accommodate 1,000 students.

Due to Nile Garden’s location is expected to absorb the lion’s share of elementary student growth within the City of Manteca portion of the school district.

 There will be $7 million in Measure G bond funds restricted for use on health, safety, and modernization needs and $7 million in developer fees collected to provide facilities to accommodate growth invested into the Nile Garden campus in rural south Manteca southwest of Nile Avenue just west of Union Road.

In addition the State of California has earmarked $5 million toward the waterline project that also calls for a 10,000-gallon high-density polyurethane tank, a 270,000-gallon steel tank, two pump stations and additional campus waterlines. The City of Manteca is picking up the remaining $1.4 million cost of extending the 12-inch waterline main. The city will recoup that investment as residential growth occurs along the Union Road corridor.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email