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Ripon Unified advances plan for new trustee districts for next 10 years
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The Ripon Unified District Office building received a fresh coat of paint over the summer

The next step for the Ripon Unified School District’s Trustee Area reapportionment plan is Feb. 16.

That’s when the San Joaquin County Board of Education, sitting as the County Committee on School District Organization, will meet.

Trustees had already approved Plan A also known as the balanced plan, based on 2020 U.S. Census Bureau.

"It's a refinement of the (current) plan," said former school board member Ernie Tyhurst, who once again worked with board President Kit Oase on the reapportionment plan.

They put together on the Trust Area plan back in 2014.

"It didn't change all that much," Tyhurst said at Monday's board meeting. "All (five areas) are within a percentage of each other."

He described the district map as a fan configuration with the Stanislaus River providing a natural boundary. Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 3 are divided by the Highway 99 freeway.

The average population in the balanced plan is 4,128.6.

"We tried to have at least one school in each of the trustee seats," Tyhurst added.

He, Oase and Superintendent Ziggy Robeson are scheduled to represent RUSD at the upcoming County Committee on School District Organization session.

From there, the county committee will take action and submit the approved final map to the SJC Registrar of Voters and the SJC Geographic Information Systems with the revised trustee boundaries.

This must be done by Feb. 28.

Candidates seeking election for the school board come November will be required to reside in the newly established trustee areas.