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Medeiros emphasizes vocational education
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Manuel Medeiros has some unfinished business.

For starters, the Manteca Unified school board incumbent for Area 2 hopes to be in office when French Camp School’s multi-purpose room is finally completed.

At the same time, he’s looking to resolve some parking issues at the rural site.

Medeiros, 75, wants very much to be part of the graduation ceremonies involving his grandchildren.

He and his wife, Bernice, have two grown children and four children.

There’s the business of education.

“Vocational education is still important me,” Medeiros said on Thursday. “Not all kids are going to college (after high school).”

Vocational education was the reason for his first-ever run at the school board in 1996.

He won that term but lost the subsequent one. Medeiros was out of office for a couple of years, but returned after a successful 2002 campaign bid. All told, Medeiros has 12 of years of service on the MUSD board.

He concurrently serves on the Manteca-Lathrop Fire District board.

Medeiros, who came here from Portugal some 51 years ago, could be considered self-made. He’s in the dairy business but has held various jobs.

Medeiros is an almond grower as well.

As a board member, he has strong convictions, voting what he believes regardless of the consensus. Medeiros is hardly a fan of the district’s lease-lease back practice on construction projects.

He worked to make possible the multi-purpose room at French Camp, with the project among the last on the voter-approved Measure M list.

Medeiros also hand in acquiring property adjacent to French Camp School. He hopes the land can someday be used to accommodate parking and / or other needs of the school.

“One thing about unfinished business – it’s never finished,” Medeiros said.