Board parries over bids, says 'bye' to Zimman

Presenting retiring Superintendent Richard Zimman, center, with a gift are School Board members, from left, Barb Schultz, Gary Rodman, Tom Stellmacher, Sherry Muskavitch, Dan Zimmerman, David Olson, Andy Lyke and David Scott.

Anxiously looking forward; fondly gazing back.

The Ripon School Board did both during five hours of meetings Monday night.

It robustly discussed how to move ahead with school-building options before paying tribute to retiring Superintendent Richard Zimman.

As the last agenda item at 10:45 p.m., board members presented two gifts — an hour glass and a framed picture of Ripon’s four school buildings — to Zimman, who is stepping down at the end of the month after nine years as the district’s CEO.

They then gathered around Zimman as he held up the picture for photos taken by a newspaper reporter, and by his wife, Valerie, who attended the last hour of her husband’s final School Board meeting.

As he opened his gifts, Zimman explained that when he attends school conferences, some superintendents lament the quality of the School Boards they serve.

“I’ve been proud to work with you,” he explained, at one point tearing up.

The sentimental episode was preceded by an hour of closed session matters followed by almost four hours of standard board fare: technology plans, renewing a contract for legal services, recognizing athletes attending state contests, evaluating on-line learning.

Read the full story in the June 20, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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