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Draa picked for top schools post for Ripon Unified

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POSTED September 12, 2013 10:12 p.m.

Bill Draa no longer has the interim title.

He made it official Monday by accepting a two-year pact as superintendent of the Ripon Unified School District.

Draa retired as superintendent of the Banta School District over a year ago. This summer, he decided to take on the top RUSD administrative post on an interim basis shortly after Louise Johnson left to become superintendent of school for the Nevada Union High School District.

Johnson had been the RUSD superintendent for the past five years. Draa credits her for recommending him for the post.

“It’s a great district,” he said on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Included is the reconstruction plans for both Weston and Colony Oak schools coupled with the development of the Facilities Master Plan that’s being designed to guide the district through the next five to 10 years.

Draa agreed to a contract that runs through June 30, 2015.

He noted that his new full-time post will affect his retirement from Banta, where he worked for 15 years and helped in the development of the River Island Technology Academy in Lathrop.

His facilities background made him a good fit for RUSD.

Draa and his family live in Manteca. It’s here his career in education included serving as vice principal at Stella Brockman School.

He left Manteca Unified in 1997 for Banta.

As for Ripon Unified, he said last summer “there have only been three superintendents in the past 50 years.”

Make that four.

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