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Ripon Unified board meeting at city hall
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RIPON — Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District could have a new place to call home.

Last Monday, they approved the use of the Council Chambers, voting 4-1 to conduct their monthly meetings, starting with a three-month trial basis.

“I believe we belong right here,” said Trustee Donna Parks, who provided the lone dissenting vote.

Board President Mike Fisher and Superintendent Louise Johnson had a chance to tour the Ripon City Hall facility, meeting with Mayor Elden “Red” Nutt and City Administrator Leon Compton on April 4.

“We explained our objectives to include having a better situation for our school board,” said Johnson, who formerly went by Nan.

For RUSD, she and Fisher believe that sharing the same meeting facility is also a positive step in the right direction towards building an expanded relationship with the city.

Johnson and Fisher were also impressed with technology of the facility along with the conference room behind the dais available for closed session.

Compare that to RUSD’s current home at the Ripon High Multi-Use Building. “(Council Chambers) is far superior to the technology currently available in our Multi-Use Building and has multiple projections in the room so that all can see what the board is viewing,” Johnson added.

In addition, the City Hall venue is wired with Internet access, thus, allowing board members to plug in their own computers to work with the on-line agenda.

Trustees Jack DeLiddo and Ernie Tyhurst are looking forward to the use of the technology not to mention the better acoustics at City Hall.

Fisher also likes the multiple projections. “My vision isn’t the best,” he said, squinting to look at the power-point projection screen in the RHS facility.

Both agencies see no conflict in their meeting schedules.

Ripon City Council, for instance, meets on first and third Tuesday of each month while the school board conducts its monthly session on the second Monday.

The first of the RUSD meetings in the Council Chambers will take place in June.