Date set for Jefferson School demolition
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Feb 24, 2014 | 9307 views | 1 1 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jefferson School campus at Chrisman and Linne roads will be demolished in June top make way for construction of a new campus slated to be completed in August 2015.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
The Jefferson School campus at Chrisman and Linne roads will be demolished in June top make way for construction of a new campus slated to be completed in August 2015. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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After 85 years, Jefferson School is getting a makeover from the ground up, and demolition of the existing buildings is expected to begin June 2, according to Jefferson School District Superintendent James Bridges.

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.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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rollnthunder
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March 06, 2014
As a parent I em very excited for the new school. However, can we please plan ahead for one big issue. Traffic. Just take a look around the city streets in the neighborhood when Monticello and Hawkins get out of school. So please consider different start times earlier and not later and different end times. This will help clear up some problems. Also min days please dont have all the schools exit at the same time. Traffic is horrible and makes kids wait around for parents to pick them up. Once again cannot wait for the improvements.


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