Several units of bleachers now grace the tennis courts located along Metomen Street, near Ingall’s Field.
Several units of bleachers now grace the tennis courts located along Metomen Street, near Ingall’s Field.

   Though it may be a summer of fun for the students, it’s a summer of hard work for the Ripon Area School District’s Facilities and Grounds department as it prepares the schools for the kids’ return.

   “This summer has been busy within the Ripon Area School District,” said Director of Facilities and Grounds Brian Appleman. “Approximately 50 projects have been completed to address maintenance projects and safety enhancements to improve the learning environment in our school buildings.”

   He noted the tasks also focused on saving money for the school district in the future.

   “The projects addressed maintenance in our buildings to position the district for the future to control costly breakdowns,” Appleman said. “Significant savings in utility costs is another advantage to completing these projects. All projects are slated to be completed in time for staff and students to enter on the first day of school.”

   Appleman noted the updates at Barlow Park/Journey Elementary School included hallway lighting, clocks, re-configuring the back parking lot to improve student pickup and drop off, water heaters, fire alarm panel and concrete by the back playground.

   Read the full story to see which building has received the largest makeover in the Aug. 22, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.