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Why is Ripon enrollment on the decline?

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POSTED February 9, 2013 1:06 a.m.

Ripon Unified is experiencing a significant decline in enrollment.

At Monday’s school board meeting, district officials are scheduled to discuss the reasons behind this recent drop off.

Kathy Coleman, who is the RUSD director of curriculum and categorical programs, collected the information on the whereabouts on the students who have withdrawn from the district.

“While there are many reasons, the most significant impact seems to be families moving out of the area,” she said in her report.

The second largest impact, Coleman added, consists of students moving to private schools and charter schools in other districts.

This item and more will be discussed at the 7 p.m. open session at the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The agenda also includes:

• The board possibly accepting a donation of $1,200 from the Ripon Lions Club for a new vision screening system for RUSD youngsters.

• Trustees appointing two additional members to the Measure G Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

• Stephanie Hobbs, Ripon Community Athletic Foundation president, will provide the latest report on the Stouffer Field revitalization efforts.

• The board could approve a facility-use fee waiver request from the Ripon Cyclones.

• Trustees will also look into the establishment of a continuation high school.

• They’re likely to accept the resignations of Michelle Manriquez (Colony Oak School Learning Center aide) and Gabriela M. Bautista (Ripon Elementary bi-lingual aide).

For more information, call RUSD at 209-599-2131 or log on to

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