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Ripon Unified support staff prepares for 3,100 students
Ripon Unified School District lead maintenance worker Larry Moreno helps moves desks before cleaning carpets at Ripon Elementary School. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

School’s out for the summer.
That means no break for the Ripon Unified support staff — from maintenance crews to those that labor at the district office tackling everything from curriculum, budgeting, technology, transportation, and operations to nutritional services —working to make sure everything is ready for 320 employees and 3,100  students to hit the ground running when the new school year starts Aug 11.
The task for those working at the district’s seven campuses is obvious. It is time for deep cleaning and doing routine maintenance repairs and sprucing up campuses that weathered 3,100 young people for 180 days.
But the effort at the district office may not be as apparent although in many ways their workload increases wrapping up one school year and starting another. It’s much like what teachers and site administrators do but due to the nature of the work it doesn’t stop.
 “We keep busy all summer,” Superintendent Ziggy Robeson noted.
In addition to deep cleaning and smaller projects, the summer maintenance teams for Ripon are overseeing or conducting:
ureplacing carpets in 20 classrooms.
umaking repairs in bathrooms.
umaking roof repairs.
uaddressing issues at the high school tennis courts regarding drainage

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