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Ripon budget: Funds for teachers raises
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The Ripon Unified school board will meet Monday in part to pass the proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year.
That’s in accordance with the state Education Code, requiring that public schools adopt their financial plan on or before July1 “in order to authorize the expenditure of funds,” according to the district’s Chief Business Officer Sonia Lasyone.
She’s scheduled to speak on this matter at the 7 p.m. open session in the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
Thus far, a public hearing was held for the proposed budget at the June 13 meeting.
Lasyone indicated that the proposed budget is one of an initial blueprint for revenues and expenditures. This is in preparation of the passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget.
 In the event that material revisions are necessary, a revised budget can be presented to the board no less than 45 days after the enacted state budget.
 The proposed MUSD budget includes $6.4 million in the general fund and $884,441 in reserve for economic uncertainties.
The budget also earmarked $766,645 for the Ripon Unified District Teachers Association for this year along with the following two years.
The district is expected to ratify the agreement with the union, with the contract terms being extended to one more year – specifically, through June 30, 2020.
Other agenda items include:
uRipon High Principal Lance Morrow will provide an update on instructor Leonard Corgiat’s Auto program.
uKathy Coleman, who is the Director of Curriculum and Categorical Programs, will be on hand to talk about the changes and updates on the Local Control Accountability Plan, which must be adopted prior to elected leaders passing the RUSD budget.
u Max Medina of WLC Architects is scheduled to give updates and cost estimates for the Colony Oak Modernization Project.
 For more information, call RUSD at 209.599.2131 or log on to

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