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Schools' Maintenance Post Changes Hands
Rick John has resigned from his post as Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation (MOT) for the Riverbank Unified School District and taken a similar post with the Escalon Unified School District while Riverbank district trustees have named Rudy Serrato as John's replacement.

John served Riverbank for over 27 years, during which he held nearly every position within the MOT division and as director managed multiple renovation and modernization projects, said Superintendent of Schools Ken Geisick.

During the last decade, John has overseen several major building projects such as modernization of Riverbank High including stadium and parking lot improvements, construction of a second RHS gymnasium, building of Mesa Verde Elementary School and erection of the almost completed Adelante Continuation High School.

"His contributions to Riverbank are significant and will be felt for years to come," Geisick added.

The new MOT Director Rudy Serrato has been employed by Riverbank for over 16 years. He began his career at Riverbank High School as a campus monitor and served in that capacity for five years before moving into skilled maintenance and grounds work.

After serving in maintenance, he was promoted to lead custodian at RHS for an additional five years and most recently in 2010 was promoted to child welfare and attendance liaison.

"I am confident that Rudy's depth and breadth of experience with our organization will serve him well in his newest endeavor," said Geisick.

In the only action item on the recent school board meeting agenda, trustees adopted a Community Facilities District resolution and authorized the collection of special taxes under the Mello Roos Act to raise funds for construction. The CFD No. 1 covers the entire school district and this is an annual action where the resolution authorizes continuing to collect the tax.

In another item, trustees discussed some recommendations from parents belonging to the District English Language Action Committee (DELAC).

Parents said they would like to be informed at the first DELAC meeting how the budget for English language learners is distributed.

They also would like regular training for parents in workshops and conferences and particularly a teacher-parent conference with Javier S. Guerro in Riverbank.

They want recognition for students, teachers and parents that help English learners.

Another recommendation was improved communication between parents and the district on changes that directly affect English Language students such as when long-term substitutes are assigned to a class.

When hiring new staff, the district should take into account the ethnic makeup of the population and the needs of families in the district, they said, and there should be effective, accurate and qualified interpretation available at board meetings.