Business manager retiring from schools
Rick Ketter

Another high-level official in the Ripon Area School District is announcing his retirement.

One year after the previous superintendent’s departure, the district’s business manager and frequent spokesman, Rick Ketter, will do the same this June.

“I actually made my decision to retire in the spring of 2012 and I told the [former] superintendent, Dr. [Richard] Zimman, at that time because I knew he was also planning to retire in the next few years,” Ketter said. “We both agreed not to retire in the same year because we felt that would provide a poor transition for our successors and the district.”

Ketter has been crunching numbers as the district’s business manager since 2005, though his career with the district actually began in 2001.

“I was hired [in 2001] to organize the BRAVE Community Learning Center program after the district received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the state of Wisconsin,” he said. “... My 31 years of financial and project planning experience in industry brought a different perspective to the BRAVE Community Learning Center project.”

Ketter holds a master’s degree in school business management

He said he’ll miss the great people he works with every day, and is looking forward to relaxing and visiting family, especially those out of state.

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