Bridges announced the demolition date during a meeting of the city-school liaison committee Feb. 20 at Tracy City Hall.
The committee consists of city government representatives and school officials within the city of Tracy, including Tracy Unified and Jefferson school districts.
Before the school at 7500 W. Linne Road can meet a wrecking ball, the site will need a substantial amount of cleanup, including the removal of asbestos, Bridges said.
The superintendent told committee members that the new school was expected to open in August 2015. He added that he knew it was ambitious to raze the campus and build a new one in its place within 14 months.
During construction, Jefferson students — there are 433 enrolled right now — will learn in portable classrooms on the Hawkins School campus, 475 Darlene Lane. The port-ables will be set up along Chrisman Road and the southwest side of the campus.
Bridges said in an interview Monday teachers from Jefferson will park in unused spaces at Hawkins but the district is building one temporary cafeteria near the portables for Jefferson students. Food will be prepared at the Hawkins kitchen and brought to the building for Jefferson students to eat.
The students who would normally move to Jefferson from Monticello Elementary School for fifth grade will remain at Monticello an extra year, Bridges said.
Construction of the new fifth-through-eighth-grade school is being made possible by funds from the Measure J bond initiative passed in November 2010. The bond was ap-proved for $35.4 million.
The company awarded the construction bid for the Jefferson School project is slated to be announced in April, he said.
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