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Bolts & nuts of Measure G management

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POSTED February 10, 2013 11:57 p.m.

A private firm will explain how they will help the Ripon Unified district manage improvements at the Weston and Colony Oak elementary campuses when the school board meets tonight.

The board’s open session starts at 7 p.m. at the Ripon City Council chambers, 259 Wilma Ave.

The role Caldwell, Flores, and Winters will assume as program administrator in the construction management and overseeing project funding will be explained.

Voters in November approved the $25.2 million general obligation bond known as Measure G. That makes the district eligible for $8 million in state aid grants.

The district believes competitive construction bids due to a slowdown in that sector coupled with expected earnings in reduced energy and maintenance costs by replacing portable classrooms at the Weston and Colony Oak elementary campuses will give taxpayers more bang for the dollar.

And just as important is the ability to pay off debt connected with the school farm and future site for a high school on Clinton South Avenue. That would use money borrowed at a lower interest rate to pay off remaining debt on the land purchase to save taxpayers $6 million. The money saved, in turn, can be spent on retaining qualified teachers and protecting the quality of classroom instruction.

The Measure G bond will cost $8.25 per $100,000 of assessed property value per year. That - when combined with prior bond election tax rates - will take the annual cost per $100,000 in assessed valuation to $57.65 per $100,000.

The measure was designed to complete what is promised - replacing all aging and deteriorating portables at both schools with permanent classrooms plus adding science labs and libraries at each campus. Should the state for some reason not being able to provide all of the $8 million match in construction grants, the projects as outlined can still be completed.

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