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Ripon Unified board by change president

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POSTED December 6, 2013 10:56 p.m.

At Ripon Unified, Donna Parks is currently the school board president.

She’s followed, in order, by Kit Oase, who is vice president, and clerk Ernie Tyhurst.

Trustees could opt to shuffle things around at Monday’s organizational meeting at the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The open session begins at 7 p.m.

They’ll also request permission from the City of Ripon to continue using the facility for school board meetings and the conference room for closed session for 2014.

Included will be a letter to the Ripon City Council seeking a waiver of use fees.

Since 2011, RUSD has been using the Council Chambers to conduct these monthly sessions. Prior to that, school board meetings were held in the Ripon High Multi-Purpose Room.

Other agenda items for the December meeting include:

•   Don Voortman will be announced by Ripona School Principal Dante Alvarez as one of the finalists for Educator of the Year by the California League of Middle School.

•  A public hearing on the Open Enrollment Act that currently puts Ripona among the 1,000 “low-achieving” schools based on the recent state Academic Performance Index is scheduled. The district believes Ripona, which had an average API score of 827 for the past six years, will seek a waiver, requesting removal from the state list.

•   The Ripon Community Athletic Foundation will present a flag that’s flown over the Capitol to Ripon High.

•   The board will hear the latest attendance report. Enrollment is down 25 students compared to same attendance period of a year ago, but up 14 from last month’s attendance report.

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