Applications are being sought to replace Annette Vande Pol who is resigning from the Ripon Unified School District board as of Oct. 3.
Those applying must reside within Area 2 and submit a candidate information sheet — it can be found at www.riponusd.net under the “About” tab and then going to the “School Board” heading — along with a resume by no later than 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, to the district office at 304 N. Acacia Ave., Ripon.
Area 2 encompasses the bulk of the City of Ripon west of Highway 99.
Starting at the Milgeo overcrossing the northern boundary runs along Wilma Avenue, turns north and follows Main Street to Highland where it turns to the west. The western boundary then follows Fourth Street to Robert Avenue where it turns and heads west to the Stanislaus River. The southern boundary is along the river and then runs along Highway 99 to Wilma with the exception of a triangle bounded by Acacia, Main and the freeway that is part of Area 3.
A board subcommittee will review the applicants to ensure eligibility requirements have been met. The applicants will then be interviewed by the board at a public meeting at a date a time that has yet to be determined. The goal is to make a provisional appointment by no later than November.
The appointed member will serve until the November 2020 election. At that point the seat will be on the ballot for a two-year seat given Vande Pol’s term that she was elected to does not expire until November 2022.
Among the expectations of board candidates is a commitment to the success of all students, attending and participating in governance training, and committing the time to participate in the board’s work, study issues, interact with constituents, and be available to attend board meetings and other events.