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Board ponders annexing Ripon High farm to city
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RIPON – The Ripon Unified school board will hear a presentation tonight on possibly annexing the school farm into the City of Ripon.

Officials from the City of Ripon are scheduled to be on hand at the 7 p.m. meeting in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The City is looking to annex the area along North Jack Tone Road, Clinton South Road, and North Ripon Road for the purpose of expanding the Mistlin Sports Complex.

The school farm is adjacent to the softball / baseball sports park.

“Annexation into the City of Ripon will enable you to be a part of the City and have access to all the amenities that this provides,” said Ken Zuidervaart, director of planning and economic development, in his Feb. 8 letter to Superintendent Louise (Nan) Johnson.

Some of the amenities, he noted, included access to police, waste management, and “more development options” to the property.

This move would only be part of a process.

“Signing the letter does not guarantee that you will be annexed and not signing the letter does not guarantee that you will not be annexed,” Zuidervaart said.

“The final decisions will be made at public hearings in front of the City of Ripon Planning Commission and the City Council, with ultimate ratification of the process being approved at the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission,” he added.

Other agenda items include:

•The board considering approval of a Work Experience Program application to the state Department of Education.

•Trustees possibly granting their OK of a waiver of facility-use fees for the Sober Grad boys volleyball fundraiser.

•The board recognizing the nominees for RUSD classified employees of the year, with those selections being forwarded to the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

For more information, call the district office at 209-599-2131 or log on