Modesto school board to assess Enochs expansion

Modesto City Schools will meet Monday night and consider expanding Enochs High School to include a pool and a veterinary science building.

Costs are projected at $3.5 million for the pool and $1.4 million for the science building. A federal grant and stimulus funds could be used for the science building, the staff reports.

Three Mello-Roos taxing districts, including taxes to be levied on homes not yet built, would be obligated to pay for the rest under several funding scenarios given to the board. The district would have to front payment for the undeveloped parcels, according to the report.

Costs to date for Enochs total $101.4 million. It and just-opened Gregori High are the only full-program Modesto high schools without pools, the report notes.

The board asked that all projects remaining under the Mello-Roos agreements be discussed before the district signed off on the school as complete.

Property owners complained about their escalating taxes after Bee stories about the extra property taxes paid on parcels in special taxing districts.

Before taking up the matter, however, the board will celebrate the achievements of 81 more students who got a perfect score of 600 on one or more state tests in the spring. The reception for the Perfect 600 group will mirror a similar event for 78 students last month.

Other matters to come before the board include:

• Adoption of the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency. The diploma seal would go to students who have demonstrated proficiency in English and another language.

• Presentations on Orville Wright Elementary and Hanshaw Middle schools, with an emphasis on test scores

• A review of district students' college entrance exam scores. The students' average SAT scores in 2010, out of a possible 800, were 509 in reading, 520 in math and 505 in writing, all basically unchanged over the past five years and slightly above the state average.

• A report on enrollment, which is 16 students above expectations used for budgeting. The K-12 total for this school year, including special education students, is 30,217, or 364 less than in 2009-10.

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at or 578-2339.