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August 17, 2014

Modesto school board to hear update on construction, weigh police presence at football games

The Modesto City Schools board will discuss $14.6 million in summer construction projects in an unusually light agenda Monday. The board also will consider hiring police for security at home football games.

The Modesto City Schools board will discuss summer construction projects in an unusually light agenda Monday, with no votes listed outside generally routine consent items.

A report on $14.6 million in building projects shows the bulk being spent on the district’s high schools. Eight elementary schools and three junior highs got new roofs. Four schools got fresh asphalt on their playgrounds, and Lakewood Elementary got a new heating and air conditioning system.

Beyer High had its 1970s-era climate control system replaced and its track and fields redone for roughly $5 million of that total. An additional $290,000 went to moving the renamed G230 program for teens who need to make up many classes from Beyer to the Reno Avenue complex. The space opened up at Beyer will allow expansion of its robotics academy.

It took $200,000 to update Davis High’s electrical and technology infrastructure for its Digital Davis program, in which every student gets a laptop to use for the year. The computers, about $380 each for 1,500 students, are not included in that amount. Davis also got a makeover of its football practice field, clay-cinder track and jump pit. Changing an old Davis science lab into a nursing program classroom cost $200,000.

Two projects are ongoing: Enochs High’s pool, expected to open in October, will have cost $3 million when complete. The high school ag facility on Church Street is getting a metal barn, fencing and utilities for $520,000, with a spring 2015 completion date.

In business listed under the consent agenda, the board will be asked to vote on:

• Adding a high school course in programming and game design.
• Paying $25,000 for Modesto Police Department security and crowd control at home football games. The district already contracts with the department for school resource officers and an officer at board meetings.
• Approving new job descriptions for a database administrator with a salary in the $90,000 range and supervisor of autism programs with a salary of up to $120,000, according to the Modesto City Schools salary schedule available on the district website. Several other jobs would be revised, including shifting the director of parent and community involvement to be director of student, parent and community support services, at a salary of a little more than $100,000.

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