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Ribbon cutting marks reopening of Weston
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday for Weston Elementary School.

The Ripon Unified officials including outgoing Superintendent Bill Draa and his replacement Siegrid “Ziggy” Robeson will be on hand for the special event that kicks off at 6 p.m.

Miss Ripon Amanda Neeley is scheduled to handle the ceremonious cutting, marking the reopening of the school, Draa said.

 Weston was part of the voter-approved $25.2 million bond measure that called for updating the campus at 1660 Stanley Dr.

The old gym was deemed unsafe for games and many of the classrooms were aging portable units.

A new Multi-Purpose Building with a gym, permanent classroom wings and the repurposing of the old Multi-Purpose Building into office spaces and student-support services – the Learning Center, Speech Room, and Read 120 – was part of the lease-lease back construction method.

Construction began in July 2014.

Students there spent the past school year spread out at the various kindergarten-through-eighth-grade campuses in the district.

Light refreshments will be served following the short dedication ceremony.

The first day of school is Wednesday.

For more information, call the district office at 209.599.2131 or log on to

To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, email