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Parks is new president for Ripon Unified school board

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Parks is new president for Ripon Unified school board

From left, Mike Fisher and Christina Orlando are administered the oath of office by Ripon Unified school board vice president Kit Oase at Monday’s meeting.


POSTED December 11, 2012 1:09 a.m.

RIPON – Donna Parks will help lead the new Ripon Unified school board.

She was selected president at Monday’s organizational session.

Prior to that, Mike Fisher, who held the top post for the past year, and newcomer Christina Orlando given the oath of office. Both were automatically elected to their posts.

Fisher, who represents Area 4, was re-appointed to his old seat after running unopposed. Likewise for Orlando, who is the Area 5 representative. She filled the post once held by Jack DeLiddo, who opted not to run another term.

Kit Oase, who administered the oath of office to Fisher and Orlando, was selected as the board vice president while Ernie Tyhurst was tabbed as clerk.

Superintendent Louise Johnson is again the board secretary. “That job is typically filled by the Superintendent,” said Parks.

Trustees also approved their 2013 calendar for upcoming meetings as well as submitting the request to continue using the City of Ripon facility to conduct these sessions.

According to Johnson, the school board first entered into an agreement with the city in 2011. RUSD officials soon found the state-of-the-arts technology in the Council Chamber much to their liking.

They also preferred the comfortable accommodations it had to offer for the audience along with the time it saved staff. At the Ripon High Multi-Purpose Room – that’s was the old meeting room – staff often needed time to convert the facility from a cafeteria, for example, to that of a school board meeting place.

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