School Board President Andy Lyke: “Both sides worked very hard trying to make this work ...”
School Board President Andy Lyke: “Both sides worked very hard trying to make this work ...”

   “It passed unanimously.”

   That was the announcement Ripon School Board President Andy Lyke made after the board voted on a resolution regarding the Boys and Girls Club.

   However, that resolution was in support of the club being located somewhere within the Ripon community — not necessarily at a school.

   But when the board voted on the club’s current proposal to use space in the district buildings currently occupied by BRAVE?

   It was unanimous, once again.

   This time, unanimously against the proposal.

   After making a motion to not accept the partnership with the club, David Scott explained his decision came after years of discussing the matter with the club, and changing his mind when issues were clarified.

   “I don’t see things quite the same way that I use to see them,” he said. “I think the Boys & Girls Club — I think a youth club in general — is really needed in Ripon and it’s a great thing. But I have come around to the view that it is not the school’s responsibility to provide wrap-around care for children. We have a different mission, an educational mission.”

Read the full story in the March 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.