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Itll cost $1.14 a day to ride Ripon school bus
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RIPON - A student riding a Ripon Unified school bus is going to be paying about 50 cents more per day for a total of $1.14.  That is in contrast with other cities like Tracy where students are charged $2 per day to ride to and from school.

Parents do have the option of buying a bus pass for the entire year at a cost of $175 or more simply a $1 per day.  The increase in the bus transportation fee was unanimously recommended by the school district’s Budget Advisory Committee.

The number of riders from any one family was also increased from two to three students.  The family maximum charge for a year of bus service is $300.

School trustees recently tabled the approval of a contract for legal services with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Roma which represents a savings of some $1,500 in the annual renewal.

“Also, at the request of the board, I am still exploring other options for different legal counsel with a different rate structure,” Nan said.

The price of student lunches at the elementary schools has also been increased by 25 cents a meal.  The current school year is expected to end with a projected positive balance of $25,000 after repaying a $25,000 loan from the general fund from last year.
Carol Schaper, food service supervisor, reported that the lunch program finishing in the black was due to three factors:
•The increase in federal and state reimbursement generated from increased free/reduced priced student participation.
•Additional revenue generated from a Pilot Breakfast Program implemented at Ripon Elementary School.
•A decrease in personnel costs, due to transferring cashier duties from school secretaries to school librarians at each elementary school.

The 25 cent increase brings the cost of lunch to $2.50 that will begin on August 5.  That increase elevates the total revenues for the food service to a total of $30,000 for the 2010-2011 school year.

Schaper said the additional revenues are earmarked for a reserve account to provide for food service equipment that is need of repair or replacement.  She added in her report that the additional monies would serve to protect the school district’s general fund from unexpected outlays and keep the school lunch program operating in the black.