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Westons makeover ready for school start
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The bleachers in the new Multi-Purpose Room still need to be installed.

Ditto that for two playground poles for basketball.

Those are final pieces needed to complete the reconstruction project at Weston Elementary School, according to Chief Officer Khushroo Gheyara of Program Management Integration and CT Brayton & Sons’ Project Manager Deanna Shirlock.

Both provided an update on Weston at Monday’s Ripon Unified school board meeting.

The campus with the permanent classroom wings and the old multi-purpose room reconfigured for offices and student-support services is ready for that first day of school on Wednesday.

“It looks really nice,” said Shirlock. “The floors are waxed and everything is shiny and clean – I think everybody will be very happy.”

Gheyara also assured the board that the bus turnaround – an added feature for loading and unloading students on to campus – has already been tested and ready to go.

The voter-approved Measure G project was budgeted at $10.4 million. Gheyara indicated that the final numbers probably won’t be available for another three months.

“The details are forthcoming,” he said.

There were additional costs. Included were a “less than 1 percent” contractor-initiated $57,755 – Gheyara pointed out that most changer orders similar to this are usually 3 percent – and an owner-initiated $212,233 for the new kitchen equipment, stage lighting, audio equipment, repair to existing gutters and downspouts, and sod for the primary play area.

Gheyara pointed out that the funds here will come from the project contingency and developer fees. “No additional funds are being requested (from RUSD),” he said.

The next step is Colony Oak Elementary School.

Any architect interested can do a “job walk” at the site, with the board conducting interviews during the selection process.

Dollars for the project will then be set aside for the design phase, Gheyara said.