San Joaquin Delta College’s Mountain House campus is up for
a key vote next week when the San Joaquin Local Agency votes on the proposed
annexation of the 114-acre campus.
“We have other events that need to occur, but they’re
happening as we speak,” said Claire Tyson, acting vice president for business
services at Delta College.
She said roads and utilities are under construction and the
college expects to have the 22-classroom campus open by next fall.
The annexation will make the campus part of the Mountain
House Community Services District and the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District.
The district will provide utility service for the college and build the roads
to and from the campus, and the irrigation district provides water for the town
and the campus.
In order to become part of the CSD, the college has paid $4
million in annexation fees. Developer Gerry Kamilos, who is building 2,300
homes next door to the campus, will pay $10 million worth of annexation fees
for the college.
Tyson said the initial campus will house as many as 3,500
students. It will offer general education classes, and some of the portables
will have laboratories suitable for science classes.
She said the plans for the permanent buildings are not complete
yet, but the college hopes to have those soon.
“Our tentative plans are to be able to serve students in the
first full facility in fall 2010,” she said.