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Manteca Schools Look To The Voters For Funds With Measure G


Manteca schools are asking voters to approve a $159-million bond measure to fix up aging campuses; the list of needs is a long one.

The bell rings at Manteca High School as students move between classes.

The campus dates back to 1920.

Picnic tables stand in the sun without shade, old cargo containers must be removed, and leaky roofs abound.

Principal Frank Gonzales says the 20-year-old security camera system is obsolete.

"It's analog so we catch things here and there, if we could update our camera system, it would improve the safety for our campus. Measure G would raise the money to rehab campuses like this one."

Many of Manteca's older schools have similar problems, from faulty electrical wiring to substandard fire alarms.

English teacher Roger Knauss says the air conditioning often fails and that makes it hard to teach.

"Most of the time we would have to prop the door open, it would still get stuffy and kids would start to get woozy and they'd want to stand out here."

Measure G would also provide funds to upgrade technology in the classroom including new computers.

There's no stated opposition to the measure.