Public may review, comment on facilities plan next week

Since the Ripon School Board appointed an ad hoc facilities committee two years ago, the board has been deliberate in regularly seeking input and guidance from the public.

Now that it has seen a conceptual layout, it wants to share the plans with the public and invite folks to ask questions and make comments.

The board will host an hour-long community engagement session on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in room 167 at Ripon High School.

It then will consider the public’s comments as it begins to start drafting resolutions seeking authority to borrow up to $29.1 million for school construction and maintenance, and to OK continuation of permission to exceed revenue limits for operations for 2016 to 2021 by $500,000 annually.

If granted OK for the latter item, the money would be reapportioned slightly from what it had been for 2010 to 2015, with $225,000 going toward curriculum and software (previously it has been $200,000) and $100,000 for maintenance (which had been $125,000).

“We figure we can give up some of the maintenance dollars if the [facilities] referendum goes through,” said Rick Ketter, the Ripon School District’s business manager.

The balance of the funds would be spent with $160,000 going toward technology purchases and $15,000 for vehicles.

Read the full story in the June 12, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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