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A computer lab similar to this one at Park View School where Superintendent Louise Johnson and board member Kit Oase are shown checking out computers will be built at Weston and Colony Oak schools.


POSTED March 27, 2013 1:35 a.m.

What’s the design plans for Weston School?

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District could look at such options tonight at a special board meeting / workshop inside the district office conference room, 304 N. Acacia Ave.

Under the voter-approved Measure G, Weston and Colony Oak schools are on the project list for renovation.  Weston, however, is first in line for replacing the aging portable units with a permanent structure and other upgrades.

Timothy P. Huff & Associates, Inc. has, for years, handled other projects throughout the district, and will take on the plans for Weston School. Representatives of the architectural firm will be at 6 p.m. workshop to explore design options.

Measure G is a $25.2 million bond measure which, under Proposition 39, consists of three series of bond sales – specifically, current interest bonds, Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABs) and Convertible Capital Appreciation Bonds (CCABs) – being issued three years apart.

The district is not only looking to get locked into lower interest rates, as mentioned at recent meetings, but also hopes that the first series of bond sales will help fund renovation plans for Colony Oak in the coming years.

If all goes accordingly, Weston could be competed and ready for the 2015-16 school year while Colony Oak some two years later. Those project timelines as initially provided by the facilities planning and public financing firm of Caldwell, Flores, Winters, Inc. are subject to change based on the bond sale process.

In other agenda items:

• The board, in the 5 p.m. closed session, will hear one expulsion case, meet with Superintendent Louise Johnson to discuss litigation and negotiations, and deal with an employee matter.

• Trustees will also consider a side letter agreement between the California School Employees Association and RUSD.

For more information, call the district office at 209-559-2131 or log on to

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