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RUSD obtains land to expand Colony Oak
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Max Medina is the architect behind the Colony Oak Elementary School.
He was thrilled Monday about Ripon Unified’s effort in acquiring the 3 acres of property directly behind the campus.
“It will solve a lot,” said Medina from the Folsom office of WLC Architects. “This will give us room for future classrooms or a new access road or water wells.”
At the school board meeting, he provided an update of Colony Oak becoming a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematic – or STEM – campus.
His revised schematics showed Colony Oak with more parking spaces on the south necessary to expand future side street on the south end of campus.
Plans for the STEM campus – think sustainable, secure and modern school – call for two education labs flanked by two kindergarten / first-grade classrooms and the two middle school rooms.
Superintendent Siegrid ‘Ziggy’ Robeson is looking for the plans to “get going so we can get them to DSA (Division of State Architect) and move on,” she said.
Trustees, meanwhile, selected CT Brayton & Sons of Escalon over that of Clark & Sullivan as the lease / leaseback contractor for the Colony Oak modernization.
“We went through a very thorough process (in recommending CT Brayton),” said Scott Gaudineer on the efforts of made by selection committee made up of district officials and two board members.
Colony Oak, like Weston, will use the lease / leaseback method for the modernization made possible by voter-approved Measure G.
CT Brayton also worked on the Weston modernization.
“They had shown a significant track record in other projects that were built on fairly tight budgets,” said a letter by Caldwell Flores Winters Inc to Robeson,
CT Brayton will become the lease / leaseback contractor for Colony Oak once the plans get the nod from DSA.