Performing arts could join farm on district site

Manteca Unified – if all goes according to plan – could have one of the most versatile district office complexes in California.

Not only would it serve as the administrative headquarters for a district of nearly 25,000 students with 3,000 employees as well as domestic bus transportation and other support services, but it would also encompass the existing school farm, a robust adult school and possibly a regional state. state-of-the-art performing arts center.

Perhaps it was the proposal for an envisioned performing arts center to sit on the corner of Airport Way and Avenue Louise a few hundred yards from the school farm that would cement the MUSD complex as a center of dynamic learning and culture.

Soil studies are underway for the eventual performing arts complex.

It is part of a $250,000 venture for a concept design. The process involves the development of a program summary as well as architectural design, instructional and technical specifications, guidance documents, cost estimation, geotechnical investigations and topographic surveys.

Placing such a complex for high school needs on all five campuses in the district would cost $60 million or $12 million at each location. Not only is the regional approach less expensive — it’s estimated to be around $14 million — but it can be scaled up so that elementary schools in the district are also widely used.

The vision is to augment, not supplant, what is on existing campuses such as “black boxes” or one-room theaters as well as the smaller performing arts center at Manteca High.

It has the potential to address program gaps in the five high schools identified by school administrators, teachers, classified staff and students in one fell swoop. It can also greatly strengthen the district’s elementary performing arts programs and open the door for a community program in Manteca, Lathrop and Southwest Manteca, which is Weston Ranch.

And since the adult education program is on the same district campus, the facility could be used by that program as well.

The school board’s decision to consolidate the adult school onto the district site and expand technical career options on individual high school campuses available to students enrolled at other high schools in the district who may not have of specific programs also allows the district to save in excess. of $4 million.

This was the minimum price to bring the district complex’s former high school facilities up to state earthquake standards. The facilities are instead used by the adult school, as their facilities do not have to meet the same level of earthquake resistance.

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