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Ripon Unified’s Facilities Operation staff continued painting Abeyta-Hortin Gym on Monday.

Abeyta-Hortin Gym received some sprucing up as of late.

Director of Facilities Operation & Safety Services Andy Strickland said at the July 17 Ripon Unified school board meeting the old gym was to receive fresh coats of paint in three colors.

Work took place on the project Monday including painting of the exterior.

Strickland’s staff also painted the RHS North Gym earlier in the summer. “It looks like a brand-new gym,” he said.

Other recently completed summer projects at RHS include the renovated, aerated and seeded football turf at Stouffer Field along with the hand wash stations and 150 no-touch thermometers for the much-anticipated return to the classroom for students.

The first day of instructions is Aug. 12, with students, due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases, continuing stay-at-home instructions through at least Sept. 4, based on the recommendation from the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

Students will return to a clean campus – all schools had plexiglass installed including the Multi-Use Building’s food distribution.

The school sites – RHS, Ripon Elementary, Ripona, Colony Oak, Park View, Weston and Harvest High – had a second round of weed removal, according to Strickland.

His staff, in addition, completed bathroom renovations Ripona and continued with window replacements recently taking place Ripon Elementary and the repainting of the poles at Park View.

Weston had work to its infrastructure, including electrical for the new computer lab.

As for Colony Oak.

“We had concrete installed on the backside of the kindergarten rooms,” Strickland said.