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Ripon Unified schools replace departing chief business officer
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Ripon Unified last week reported four new hires, four resignations and one retirement.

Those announcements came at the monthly school board meeting held in the Council Chambers.

Among those departing was Clarice Luis, who served as district’s chief business officer. She was in charge of financial recordkeeping along with monitoring and analyzing various budgets and expenditures over the past few years.

Mary Eyer, who taught English at Ripon High – classes included Advanced Placement English IV, English I and English II – also stepped down as did Ripon Elementary School teacher Yi Zhu, who was hired last August, and Shawna Officer, who worked as an instructional assistant at Ripon Elementary.

To fill Officer’s spot, RUSD brought in Nicole Byington.

Kimberly De Jong, previously at Grimbleby Coleman CPA, Inc., was hired as the payroll technician. She will work at the district officer and was joined by Austin Pillon and William Kay, both substitute teachers, as the newcomers.

Herta Brechtel, a learning center aide for the district since 2013, announced her retirement.

“It has been a pleasure serving you and our students for the past 10 years,” she said in her letter to the board dated Feb. 5.