New middle school will house Prosser Creek’s old portables |

New middle school will house Prosser Creek’s old portables

Staff reports

The new Alder Creek Middle School campus will house portable classrooms from the bankruptcy estate of the defunct Prosser Creek Charter School.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District was originally going to use 10-year-old portables from the Sierra Mountain Middle School campus, but the district will see a greater return from the state Ð to the tune of $1.2 million more Ð if it spends $313,164 to purchase eight two-year-old portable classrooms and one toilet building from Prosser Creek.

By the time Alder Creek opens its doors for the 2004-05 school year, the school district will have committed approximately $31 million to the project, $7.2 million of which will come from state grants. Most of the funding for the new middle school comes from Measure C, a $35 million bond passed in the March 1999 election.

Though the school district will come out ahead in the end when it purchases the portables, there will be some cost incurred Ð approximately $200,000 more Ð to use Prosser Creek’s classrooms rather than the ones from Sierra Mountain.

The district had to scrap the original layout it was going to use on the new campus with Sierra Mountain’s portables since the new portables have windows on the sides of the buildings. Also, the new portables will need additional snow load reinforcement.

“It’s going to look a lot nicer than our typical portable campus,” said Project Manager Rob Koster.

The district won the bid to purchase the portables from the bankruptcy estate of the charter school, which was shut down by the school district prior to the start of the 3003-04 school year.

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