All New Weston Ready to Go

RIPON – Larry Stewart was a school board member at Ripon Unified for 17 years. As president of the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, he enjoyed the best of his two worlds Tuesday at the dedication ceremony of Weston Elementary School. “This is a wonderful asset to this community,” said Stewart, peering out at the estimated 225…


Board OKs $1.8 million synthetic track for Riverbank High

RIVERBANK – A contractor will start work in two weeks on an all-weather track for Riverbank High School, which has a history of championship track and field teams. The Riverbank Unified School District also has a history of serious financial trouble, and not everyone agrees that the $1.8 million price for the synthetic track is a…


Weston School on target for re-opening

RIPON – The reconstruction taking place at Weston Elementary School appears on schedule for completion by the start of the next school year. “So far we’re right on track,” said Khushroo Gheyara, Chief Executive Officer of Program Management Integration during the recent Ripon Unified school board meeting. He was cautiously optimistic about the current timeline. PMI…


Ripon Fire opens its 3rd station

RIPON – Ripon proper is now served by two fire stations.

A grand opening of the Ripon Consolidated Fire district’s third station designed with architecture to blend with nearby neighbors took place on Friday afternoon at North Ripon Road and East River Road.


Old Weston School is Gone

RIPON – The crew of W.C. Maloney, Inc. has been paving the way for construction to begin soon at Weston Elementary School.

The Stockton-based professional wrecking and site-clearing contractors began demolition of the Ripon Unified campus about a month ago.

This process was one of the many moving parts of the voter-approved Measure G project.

“It’s been quite a process,” said Superintendent Bill Draa on Thursday.


State schools chief praises lawmakers at groundbreaking for special education building

BEACHWOOD – Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, shared a major accomplishment Friday morning with local educators, the groundbreaking for a $1.9 million special education building on the campus of a Beachwood area elementary school.

Torlakson, state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, spoke briefly before ceremonial shovels of dirt were turned at Joe Stefani School on Ranchero Lane. All three were instrumental in getting state funding restored for the 5,600-square-foot special education facility.