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Reopen Ripperdan school, says resident

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Could Ripperdan School be reopened?

It is about time we have heard great news about Ripperdan School. Our community has been waiting for this moment for a long time which has been long overdo. We read an article June 28, “Coate Tales” by Bill Coate in the Madera Tribune about Ripperdan School. Could it rise again?

Could it be that the Madera Unified School District has come to its senses to reopen Ripperdan School? Well for two MUSD board members there was a spark. Lynn Cogdill and Ray Siebert (our Area 1 trustee) had spoken about the school, which sits vacant today, at a recent school board meeting. Kudos for them getting on the bandwagon on this very important issue. We need to back them both up at all cost. Get our agriculture heritage back up and running.

It will be great to hear the words, “I am a Ripperdan Roadrunner” once again. Ripperdan School should have never been closed down. It is about time we have some school board members thinking about this school. Before anyone asks the community for bonds to build and open new schools, they should use the schools we already have, fill these schools first.

Fill Eastin-Arcola High School to capacity with students from the country instead of busing them into town.

Fill Ripperdan School with children who live in the community, some go to La Vina School some go to Parkwood. Why not use Ripperdan, save the district some money in transportation and keep them closer to home. It would take some rerouting plans but I think it would save some cost. I truly believe that George and Effie Ripperdan would be proud of this great news and the two school board trustees, Lynn Cogdill and Ray Siebert, who are trying to reestablish Ripperdan School back into the Madera Unified School District. What a day of rejoicing that will be for all of the community of Ripperdan District.

Concepcion Rivera,


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