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.


Colony Oak Work Nearing Design Phase

RIPON – The renovation plans for Colony Oak School have not yet reached the design phase. “We have the dollars set aside,” said Khushroo Gheyara, who is chief executive officer for Program Management Integration at last week’s Ripon Unified school board meeting. Trustees approved the hiring of CT Brayton & Sons, Inc., as part of the…


Ceres Alternative Education Programs Getting New Home on Mitchell Road

CERES — A new Stanislaus County Office of Education school for struggling students is going up on Mitchell Road, designed to replace an older site on Memorial Drive.

“Right now, we’re in portables and an old doctor’s office,” said Ceres Community School Principal Telka Walser. The as-yet-unnamed site, weather permitting, will open in January 2015, she said.

High-schoolers attending the community school and Stanislaus Arts Academy, along with junior high students at the boot-camp-style Technical Character Academy, will move to the new site initially, said Scott Kuykendall, director of the SCOE Educational Options Division.