Kindergarten registration in 2014 may start in March. The move from May to March is being considered tonight when the Ripon Unified School District board meets at 6 p.m. at the Ripon City Council Chambers, 259 Wilma Ave. The change is designed to give the district more time to plan for the number of classes and teachers. It also lines up with the kindergarten roundup process in neighboring districts. Ripon Unified School District's Kindergarten Orientation ...
Ripon Unified is looking to remodel Weston School thanks to a voter-approved bond measure. Preliminary plans call for reconfiguring the existing multi-purpose building – this facility is to be "repurposed" to accommodate the new library, speech classes, Title 1 classes, and a Learning Center / Resource Specialist Program – and constructing a gym with 4,200-square-foot of floor space. Permanent classrooms will replace the aging portables, with each room at 1,000 square feet and shared space ...
It was all about college in their future for upper class students at Park View Elementary School Friday morning as the sixth, seventh and eighth graders filed into the multi-purpose room wearing their colorful college T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Until Delia Barragan moved into one of the Garden Apartments at Bethany Home, she had never heard of the town of Ripon. Delia grew up in Texas, spent most of her married life in Union City, and just never had much reason to travel to these parts; that is until her daughter suggested she make the move. That was 13 years ago, and Delia has never regretted having made the move.
City Administrator Leon Compton is heading towards retirement. Kevin Werner – he's the city engineer doubling as the deputy city administrator for the City of Ripon – is the strong favorite for the position. The Ripon City Council, meanwhile, is looking into the ordinance involving the position that's stood for 60 years. As it stands, it takes a 3-2 vote from elected leaders to hire a City Administrator but a 4-1 vote to remove that ...
Death and dying on state highways has become an accepted consequence of getting where we need to go. And having a drink for the road often signs the fate of the innocent.
The reassignment of an officer to the investigations division has helped the Ripon Police Department step up arrests.
April is sexual assault awareness month. At Tuesday's Ripon City Council meeting, Raman Dhindsa of the Women's Center Youth and Family Services encouraged every person in town to end sexual violence and support survivors by providing prevention education regarding sexual assault issues. She's the FOCUS program manager for the Women's Center of San Joaquin based in Stockton. Elected leaders supported the cause with a proclamation. "The Women's Center has set an important example of how ...
Three Ripon High juniors told of the impact the Every 15 Minutes DUI drama had on them as they reflected upon the horror of the simulated crash scene at the high school campus Tuesday morning that claimed the lives of two of their classmates.
This year's 'Color the Skies' will be an abbreviated version. In this case, no hot air balloons, sky divers, or vendors, but rather running events followed by a kite show at Mistlin Sports Park on Aug. 31. Jessica Coleman promises the hot air balloons will be back for 2014. At Tuesday's Ripon City Council meeting, she listed the current construction of the softball fields at Mistlin as one reason for the change. "We didn't want ...
On Tuesday morning, well before the chime of the first school bell, retired Col. Patrick Dunn put his students through their final paces.
SWAT officers – some seven in number – from Manteca and Ripon police departments put on a three hour emergency response drill Monday at the Ripon High School campus that included a question and answer session in the school library.
Park View Elementary students took home a first place in Aerodynamics competition along with other awards from the recent 27th Annual San Joaquin County Science Olympiad completion in Stockton.
Eleven members of the Ripon FFA Chapter attended the Northern California State Degree and Regional Proficiency Award Ceremony on March 19.
It's deemed the largest hot air balloon festival in Central California. Color the Skies takes place annually in Ripon on Labor Day weekend. Last year's event featured 20 colorful balloons, making for a carnival-like event with all proceeds going to the Children's Hospital of Central California. Jessica Coleman, who, along with her husband Greg, founded this hot air balloon festival in 2006, is scheduled to attend Tuesday's Ripon City Council meeting. She's seeking a facility-use ...
A two-night Christian-based ballet dance production on stage at the Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center is expected to draw thousands on Friday and Saturday nights.
Chuck Winn is the new mayor of Ripon. For the third time, he was named to the post. But this was time he slotted for the top position as specified by an ordinance based on the rotation by the Ripon City Council seating. At the organization session on Tuesday, Winn, who previously served as vice mayor under Dean Uecker, advanced to the top spot, with Elden "Red" Nutt moving up one to vice mayor.
The City of Ripon can now look to lease the baseball fields along with the recently completed softball complex at the Mistlin Sports Park to an outside organization.
It's as much fun bouncing around on the new rubber playground base for Colony Oak students as it is climbing on the playground equipment.
Anna Fassler took time out from her studies Monday for civic duty.
November is National Runaway Prevention Month.
It was something of a history lesson for kindergarten children at Park View Elementary School when they hosted newcomers in the form of "Indians" from other Ripon schools to a Thanksgiving feast in their classroom on Tuesday.
Since September, the Youth Police Advisory Committee along with Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde reviewed various municipal codes.
The Ripon Christian "Knights of the Roundtable" competitive civics challenge team took first out of 14 teams from as far away as the Bay Area at the annual regional contest.
After two months in session, Ripon Unified saw attendance figures take a slight dip.
Ripon Unified recently filled several positions and is still looking at yet another hiring. Included is a secretary at Weston School. This temporary position is necessary in assisting duties associated with the site. The person picked will be called on to help out at Weston, from Jan. 7 to June 30 or the end of this school year. Duties will consist of performing "a wide variety of responsible clerical work involving staff and pupil record ...
The City of Ripon Christmas Tree has a new home.
When Bill Draa was at the Banta Elementary School District, he encountered his fair share of hair-lice infestation among children.
Large granite slabs were lifted into place Monday afternoon as part of the creation of a Ripon Police Department Memorial near the recently restored 1925 vintage jail house and adjacent to the Veterans' Memorial Museum and its wall of names of those who served.
San Joaquin Valley Marine veterans and active officers and men celebrated the Corps' 153rd Anniversary Thursday with a breakfast in the Spring Creek Country Club dining room.