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Ripon Unified seeks $25M bond on Nov. 6 election

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POSTED August 11, 2012 1:16 a.m.

RIPON – The portable buildings at Weston and Colony Oak elementary schools are in dire need of replacement.

Such structures at the two respective campuses have long exceeded their stay based on guidelines established by the state Department of Education.

At a recent special session of the Ripon Unified School District, board members voted in favor of placing a $25 million bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

If all goes accordingly, the school district could finally replace the aging portables at both campuses with permanent classrooms.

Trustees agreed on the streamlined bond proposal by Caldwell Flores Winter, Inc.

The consultants here have served as facilities planners and financial advisors to over 200 school districts. About a month ago, the board narrowly came out against a $30 million bond proposal that included addressing the computer and technology in the classrooms as well as replacing the portables at Weston and Colony Oak and some other extras.

The bond measure, if approved, would also pay the property bond at an area along Clinton South, a site earmarked for a future campus.

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