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Trustees To Discuss Dome, Wildcat Ranch As Potential Surplus Properties

Sonora, CA — Two high-profile district-owned properties are among tomorrow’s discussion items for the Sonora Union High School trustees.

Among the resolutions the board anticipates considering is one that would establish an advisory committee that would be charged with exploring the possibility of declaring the historic Dome building and Wildcat Ranch as surplus properties. This would potentially help pave the way for the holdings to be sold.

As reported here, District Superintendent Pat Chabot already recently shared with Clarke Broadcasting that the board might well be open to selling the Dome, since it is an expensive property to maintain with limited uses as an educational facility for district students, due to access and engineering issues.

Too Expensive To Keep?

Currently, part of the circa 1909 Dome structure and affiliated outbuildings house county Arts Council programs and  offices; additionally, the district’s alt-ed program athletic fields are located next door. The 138-acre Wildcat Ranch and farm, which has housed the financially strapped district’s agricultural education programs, is located at the corner of Wards Ferry and Tuolumne roads.

Superintendent Chabot will also update the latest progress on the new pool and pavilion construction project underway. As reported here, it is the final remaining piece in the district’s Measure J funded campus improvements plan.

Among other business, the board will hear presentations and proposals regarding adoptions of a new course in Math 1 Readiness and textbooks for Life Skills and Social Science classes. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the district conference room (100 School Street).