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3 teachers retiring from Ripon schools

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POSTED May 14, 2014 1:35 a.m.

Retirement requests of several long-time teachers were accepted Monday at the Ripon Unified school board meeting.

All told, Michelle Ryan, who is the district’s human resource manager, estimated that those stepping down represented 99 years of experience.

Bidding adieu included Sandra Visser of Ripona elementary, and Billie Verdegaal and Jacquelyn Fraser of Colony Oak School.

Trustees, in turn, approved the hiring of teachers Jessica Rangel (Ripon Elementary), Lynae Lucchessi (Weston) and Samara Stevens (Colony Oak).

They also agreed to bring aboard Lisa Cheney from Escalon. She’ll be the new director of student services effective July 1 as well as the contracts for Visser, Verdegaal and Fraser.

Verdegaal is looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren.

“I have had many blessings during my time with Ripon Unified and I consider myself very fortunate to have played a small part in the education and lives of my former students,” she said in her letter to the board.

Fraser, who started teaching later in life – she put in 16 years – believed it was time for her to move on and “let a new person with a load of enthusiasm and a fresh vision” guide young students.

Visser is finishing up 25 years with RUSD.

“Thank you for the support and educational opportunities provided me during my tenure at Ripona,” she said in her letter.

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