Banta charter school project delayed
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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BANTA — Cracks in the concrete flooring and landscaping at the Banta School District’s new charter school has helped push construction back by about two months, according to Superintendent Albert Garibaldi.

Garibaldi told the district board Thursday, Dec. 13, that the problems at River Islands Technology Academy shouldn’t delay the school from opening in August 2013.

He told the board that the flooring issue was deemed cosmetic and does not affect the foundation. Still, he said there was a “pretty good amount of cracking.”

The cause of the cracking hasn’t been determined, he said, and it wasn’t the district’s position to point fingers.

“We just want it done right,” he said.

Garibaldi said the cost to fix the flooring has been estimated at $60,000, but Garibaldi said the general contractor, Sundt Construction, will pick up the tab.

The solution, he said, will be to epoxy the cracks and top the repaired surface with a concrete-like substance and a stain.

Also delaying the project is the landscaping, which was scheduled to be installed in October. Garibaldi said the builders must wait until spring to plant and wait six to nine months before it can be walked upon.

“The landscaping is pretty extensive,” he said. “There are a lot of buildings not in the first phase that have to be grassed-in. It’s a pretty good part of the project.”

No final completion date has been set for the project.

Also at Thursday’s meeting

The board agreed to examine a request from charter officials for the district to supply the new charter school with a lunch program. Charter schools are considered private to a certain extent and only have their operations overseen by school districts, and so they are not typically provided food by the district.

Garibaldi will look into a one-year proposal that could be renewed annually.

The board also voted to appoint Joe Perry out of four applicants as a board member. Perry will fill the final two years remaining on the term of recently retired board member Steve Weinzapfel.

“It was very close,” President Frank Silva said. “They all had good points. The unanimous decision was that Mr. Perry would be a good choice. They all would be good choices, but unfortunately we only have a position for one.”

Garibaldi said Friday, Dec. 14, that he had contacted Perry on Thursday night. He said Perry was “excited” and “looked forward to working with them.”

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At a glance

WHAT: Banta Unified School District School Board

WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13

WHERE: Banta Elementary School Library, 22345 El Rancho Rd., Tracy.

DETAILS: President Frank Silva, and board member Patricia Speer was present.

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