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Ripon trustees weigh another run at a bond
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Last November, the Ripon Unified School District failed to achieved the required number of votes to pass Measure I.

Required was 55 percent in support of the $38.5 million general obligation bond that called for replacing old portable classrooms at some of the elementary school sites with permanent classrooms, modernizing facilities and acquiring land for future growth, to name a few, with 49 percent being the approval rate.

RUSD had been successful in passing two previous bond measures – Measure J (58 percent, $10 million) in 2002 and Measure G (58 percent, $25.2 million) in 2012.

At today’s special meeting in the District Office Conference Room (open session is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m.), 304 N. Acacia Ave., the Ripon Unified school board will meet with Khushroo Gheyara of Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc. to discuss future bond election options and review what went wrong with Measure I.

CFW listed low voter turnout rate among likely supporters along with “perceived inadequate dissemination of project-specific information” by some community members coupled with an organized opposition and lack of high-interest races such as a presidential election as some of the reasons for the downfall of Measure I.

RUSD will look at options going forward with possibly aiming at the 2020 election.

In other agenda items:

Trustees could adopt the Amplify TK-8 Next Generation Science Standards materials. A public hearing will be scheduled beforehand.

They’ll look at Pearl Lo’s request to increase prices for paid breakfast and milk when purchased without a meal plan.

Superintendent Siegrid ‘Ziggy’ Robeson will recommend to the board to change the August monthly session to Aug. 5 since the original date, Aug. 12, coincides with the night before the first day of school and three open houses being scheduled at some of the school sites.

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