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Winters is retiring from RUSD after nearly 50 years
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Susan Winters was at Ripon Unified for nearly five decades.

“She started here in the 1960s through 1975 but took some time off before coming back,” said Clarice Luis, who is the district’s chief business officer.

At the end of this school year, Winters made it official, retiring after serving as an instructional assistant at Weston School.

“In every life there are always decisions to make,” she said in her retirement letter dated May 24. “Some have regrets, but the time has come for me to end my job with Ripon Unified.”

Winters worked with over half dozen principals, including retired superintendent now Ripon Councilman Leo Zuber, Kathy Coleman and Lisa Ferreira.

“As you can see over the years Ripon schools have been a truly enjoyable experience and played such a major role in my life,” she added.

Trustees, at their special session held Monday in the district office, accepted the retirement of Winters and Charlotte Wright, who is the lead food service worker.

Wright’s last day is Aug. 8.

The board also accepted the resignations of instructional assistant Robin Rose and school psychologist Valeria Reynoso.

Rose, Luis noted, is leaving to stay home and raise her children.

Reynoso, who has been with Ripon Unified for the past three years, is moving on to another school district.

Trustees, in addition, agreed to hire two part-time Title 1 teachers effective May 1. Mayra Garcia will work at Ripona while Jaime Lirette will help out at Weston.

Another new hire, Michelle Bergquist, will replace Kim Johnson as the eighth-grade teacher at Ripona.