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San Juan Unified community meeting Wednesday on fate of Sylvan Middle School

The San Juan Unified School District has set a community meeting for 6:30 p.m. Wednesdayto discuss the fate of the aging Sylvan Middle School in Citrus Heights and how a closure may affect other schools in the district.

Rebuilding the 76-year-old middle school could cost $40 million or more, according to district officials. Modernization alone would be at least $18.5 million, according to a consultant’s review of about five dozen campuses in the district.

At the meeting, district representatives will outline alternatives under discussion and enlist community feedback. In addition to the two options of rebuilding or modernizing Sylvan, the district is evaluating these possibilities:

- Moving the middle school to new buildings at Mesa Verde high School at a cost of $17.2 million to $18.2 million.

- Moving the school to Carriage Drive Elementary at a cost of $5 million to $7 million.

- Combining Carriage Drive Elementary and another elementary school – possibly Citrus Heights Elementary – to make room for Sylvan Middle School, at a cost of $10 million to $15 million.

The meeting will be held at Sylvan Middle School, 7137 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights. For more information, call (916) 979-8281or visit the Web at www.sanjuan.edu/helpsylvan.

The district staff’s recommendations go to trustees in October. Trustees are expected to vote on Nov. 18.

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