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Sierra, Weston Ranch stadium upgrades
Daemon Duran jaunts toward the end zone during the Timberwolves 2016season-finale against Weston Ranch at Sierras Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in February of this year. - photo by Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

The Manteca Unified School District Board of Education has already decided that all-weather playing surfaces at each of the district’s five high schools aren’t in the district’s future.
But that doesn’t mean that all-weather tracks and completely overhauled natural turf fields are out of the realm of possibility.
When the board meets on Tuesday, Nov. 14, they are set to discuss how best to proceed with stadium overhaul options for both Sierra and Weston Ranch High Schools – choosing between simply replacing the natural turf fields, adding an all-weather track to that project, or adding all-weather tracks and new playing fields at every high school in the district.
According to a report prepared for the board in advance of the upcoming meeting, the district’s High School Athletic Field Handbook specifically calls for annual facility improvements at various athletic fields at each high school campus.
For the upcoming year, the board is being asked to decide on how to proceed with the stadium surface question as well as whether to include rubberized tracks – or in the case of Sierra High School, a new top coating to the existing rubberized track – to comply with the needs of the individual sites.
The board will also decide on whether to spend the money to fence each individual athletic field within the district’s comprehensive high schools as a way to limit access and further preserve the integrity of the surfaces that the handbook looks to protect.
The costs associated with each of the projects being discussed are:
uBetween $150,000 and $175,000 for the fencing that would allow for scheduled and emergency repairs to occur without interruption.
uBetween $80,000 and $120,000 per field for Weston Ranch and Sierra High Schools to level and sod the existing playing surfaces within the respective stadiums. The final costs will depend on existing field conditions, soil amendments, grading requirements, physical size and market conditions. If the board opts to go with a re-sod that of the proposed hybrid-Bermuda grass, additional equipment necessary to maintain such surfaces would need to be purchased as well, and could cost between $15,000 and $40,000.
uBetween $2 million and $2.5 million to replace the existing natural turf at both Weston Ranch and Sierra High Schools, replace Weston Ranch High School’s existing track with an all-weather surface, and resurface Sierra High School’s existing all-weather track – a portion of which was paid for originally by boosters. The report denotes that this isn’t the preferred option, but should be something that the board considers.
uAround $10 million to level and resurface each of the playing fields within the stadiums of all five comprehensive high schools in the district, and replace existing dirt tracks with all-weather options.
The board held several study sessions involving players, coaches, administrators and even parents from each of the five high schools to receive their input regarding the upgrades that are necessary at each of the sites when it comes to existing stadiums. The decision was eventually made to abandon the pursuit of replacing natural grass with a synthetic surface because of the immense cost.
The Manteca Unified Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. inside of the district’s administrative offices located at 2271 W. Louise Avenue.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.