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Ripon High tech upgrade benefits from Fund 35

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POSTED January 29, 2013 12:41 a.m.

Ripon Unified could soon say hello to the new and good-bye to the old.

Trustees recently approved $100,000 from Fund 35, including $75,000 to go towards improving technology at Ripon High.

The other $25,000 is earmarked towards a matching grant, with the newly formed RHS Booster Club taking on the challenge to come up with same amount.

The district recently came upon Fund 35. This was money held in an account related to but not of –according to Trustee Ernie Tyhurst, these funds were identified as proceeds from the state building fund – the 2002 Measure J bond campaign. Projects included Park View School and RHS modernization (Abeyta-Horton and North gyms).

RUSD was advised Fund 35 must be spent on projects that would be in compliance with construction projects eligible for the expenditure of state funds, according to Superintendent Louise Johnson.

The technology upgrade made possible by Fund 35 will make it easier on RUSD to eliminate the support for Windows (and Office) and Windows XP.

At last month’s meeting of the San Joaquin County Data Processing Joints Power Agreement, Johnson received word effective March 31, 2014 that Microsoft would no longer support Windows 3.0 on Windows XP.

Back then, she listed 147 computers in need of being upgraded and another 112 that had to be replaced. Cost was estimated between $120,000 through $165,000.

But it was also about this time that Johnson and Clarice Luis, the district’s Human Resources Manager, discovered the new state mandated block grant, with the funding option going towards technology replacement.

The board complied, approving the line item block grant as a caveat to the projects earmarked for Fund 35 – included was improvements to Stouffer Field and replacing locks and doors on classroom doors – for teacher computers.

At RHS, for example, teachers are not able to carry out such duties as roll call or grades on their current school computers nor do they have projectors and document cameras in their classrooms.

Along with 30 LCD projectors and 30 documented cameras, RHS could soon expect mounting hardware to go along with the 60 desktop computers and 20 laptop computers.

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