School board pumps breaks on center support

School Board on Tuesday voted down a proposal to pledge $100,000 toward a new community center in Tracy.

Tracy Area High School Supt. Chad Anderson and Activities Director Bill Tauer worked together on a list of stipulations that would need to be met for the district to financially support a new center, including:

• The community center must be attached to the VMC or part of the VMC in a location that provides easy access from the gym area to the TACC area;

• Tracy Area Public Schools will have precedence/priority access to the center at all TAPS events that are held in the VMC;

• Funds for the community center project will only be transferred to the City of Tracy when all the needed funds are raised, the project is approved by the city and the project has started; and

• The City of Tracy and TAPS will extend the current lease agreement, in which the district doesn’t annually pay the City for use of the VMC, through the 2032-33 school year.

Also, the leased premises could be used by the school for grades K-12, as well as Community Education adult education/recreation programs, supervised athletic practice sessions, sub-varsity, interschool athletic games and open gyms for athletic or recreational uses.

School board member Jay Fultz made the motion to approve the proposal to the City, and it was seconded by council member Jody Bauer. However, those two cast the lone yes votes; board members Ben Ludeman, Sheila Siebenhaler-Holland and Nikki Swanson voted against.

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