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Replacing Ripon School windows is No. 1 priority
Ripon Schools

California’s Coalition for Adequate Housing relies on the Facility Inspection Tool guidelines to determine if school facilities are in “good repair.”

That’s in accordance to the state Education Code.

Last week, Andy Strickland, who is the Ripon Unified Director of Operations, provided an update on the FIT report vs. the school board priority list.

Replacing the windows at 53-year-old Ripon Elementary School was No. 1 on the RUSD school board’s recent preliminary priority list.

Windows have started to separate presenting the district with a $250,000 “must fix” dilemma given replacing the windows in one fell swoop would essentially more than wipe out funding available for districtwide maintenance. The result is the district is replacing the worst windows as they can afford to do so.

“Prior to the summer, we had 24 total deficiencies (from the FIT Report),” Strickland said. “We narrowed that down to 12 – three (on the list) will be taken care of with the football field restroom project.”

Trustees approved the plans for Ripon High School Stadium Ticket Booth and Restrooms at the same meeting. Strickland indicated that the plans by WLC Architects of Folsom will be forwarded to the Division of State Architects in Sacramento.

The replacing of windows at Ripon Elementary along with an H-wing roofing project are currently works in progress.

Work completed thus far on the board’s list included AEDs (automated external defibrillators), textbook replacements, playground repair (Ripona Elementary School), and Ripon High’s C roof, to name a few.

The deficiencies from the FIT Report, as listed, occurred at the Abeyta-Hortin Gym at RHS; Ripon Elementary band room (exterior) and office (remodel); RHS Multi-Purpose Room (new floors); Ripona Elementary staff restrooms; and Park View Elementary (carpets).

Strickland added that his staff recently handled some routine maintenance work such as changing over all of the HVACs from cooling to heating for the fall weather; over-seeding the football field with rye grass over the Bermuda in time for the soccer season; grading and putting in the road base for the PFC storage area at Weston Elementary School; installing overhead projectors at Weston and Colony Oak elementary schools; repairing the waterline at Ripon Elementary, and replacing the bumpers on the basketball backboards at Ripon Elementary for safety reasons.