Vallecito remodels set

archive_import /

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Students in the Vallecito Union School District's two elementary schools will find themselves in portable classrooms come September.

That's because renovation work at Hazel Fischer Elementary School in White Pines and at Albert Michelson Elementary School in Murphys will shut down permanent classrooms on both campuses through the end of October.

The renovations will bring the schools into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Work also will involve revamping the schools' electrical systems, restrooms and classrooms.

"It's a wonderful investment not only in the students' education, but in the preservation of our buildings," said Michael Chimente, Vallecito district superintendent.

The $1.7 million renovations will be largely paid for by state modernization funds. Any public school at least a quarter-century old is eligible for modernization funding. The district was awarded the state funds in December.

The district will pay 20 percent of the renovation costs with funds generated by a bond issue passed in 1997.

"The whole purpose of modernization is to take buildings built 25 years ago and bring them up to standards so they can last another 25 years," Chimente said.

At last week's district board meeting, the board signed Sonora-based Leslie G. Delbon Co. Inc., the low bidder among four companies, to do the work at both schools.

Chimente said work will begin Monday, June 9, and wrap up by Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Students will be moved into portable classrooms on each campus until work is complete. The district must spend $40,000 to bring four extra portables to the Murphys campus. Hazel Fischer already has eight portable classrooms, which Chimente said is enough.

Each portable can hold 48 people, according to state fire codes.

Restrooms at each school must be made handicapped accessible. Doors will be widened, and wheelchair-accessible stalls will be built.

11501721
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Homelessness, high school and the Butte Fire

05/20/2016

Cole Baisch arrived at Calaveras High School around lunchtime as the sky ... more

Gas station owners propose food court

05/19/2016

A Sonora couple is hoping the community will support their plans to ... more

High Sierra passes closed again

05/20/2016

Days after authorities opened Ebbetts Pass, Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass for ... more

Incoming message: Don’t text and drive

05/19/2016

A few minutes before 9 a.m., teachers at Sonora High School interrupted ... more