The Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) Board of Trustees has a new meeting location at the Professional Development Center on the eCademy Charter at Crane campus at 1100 Cahill Drive. The TUSD Board’s regular scheduled meetings were previously held in the Turlock High School Performing Arts building.
The new eCademy Charter site was previously the home to Crane Kindergarten which was closed as of the 2010-2011 school year due to budget constraints.
Administration proposed at the May 18, 2010 Board Meeting to renovate the campus, expand current TUSD programs and add a new program, the eCademy Charter at Crane. Approximately $1,254,500.00 (million) dollars of Measure Z bond funds and Developer Fees were used to fund the project. The Board moved forward and began the chartering process in March 2011, which requires a public hearing within 60 days of petitioning and approval or denial within 90 days by the Board of Trustees.
The eCademy Charter at Crane officially opened as of August 2011. They offer K-12 students home schooling, independent study, and online courses with school-provided netbooks for all. In addition, they offer distance learning through the online program e2020.
The Professional Development Center seats 100 and has all the state-of-the-art electronics that will be used for staff training as well as the TUSD Board Meetings. The Turlock High School Performing Arts building, previously site of board meetings, will now be used solely for student activities and is schedules for modernization in the coming year.
"I appreciate what staff was able to do with the new board meeting area in such a short amount of time," said Trustee Loren Holt.
Tami Muniz added, "I would like to echo Mr.Holts appreciation. There was a lot of thought and design that went into making this happen as well as hard work by staff behind the scenes."
Superintendent Sonny Da Marto announced that ribbon cutting ceremonies will be scheduled in the coming weeks for the eCademy Charter at Crane, as well as the new Operation Services Building and the new Headstart at Crowell.