Wanda English Burnett - Editor
New board member Tim Taylor, along
with re-elected board members Robert Garcia, Jim Miller and
Ralph Miller, was given the oath of office by Attorney Merritt
Alcorn at the South Ripley Community School Corporation Board
of School Trustees meeting held January 15. Other members in
attendance included Gil Landwehr, Randy McIntosh and Jim Samples.
Organization of the board for the new year included election
of 2007 officers. The voting began with a motion by Robert Garcia
to close nominations and approve Jim Miller president by acclamation.
Jim Miller then made the same motion to elect Ralph Miller vice-president.
Both motions carried with a 7-0 vote. Robert Garcia was elected
secretary. Randy McIntosh and Ralph Miller were both voted to
serve on the three-person Administrative/Non-Certified Salary
and Benefits committee. There was a tie for the third position.
Jim Miller removed his name leaving Tim Taylor to serve in that
The voting continued with Robert Garcia and Randy McIntosh named
members of the Athletic Council; Gil Landwehr, legislative representative;
Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller and Tim Taylor will serve on the
Negotiating Committee. The full board will serve as the Board
of Finance as per the recommendation of Superintendent Ted Ahaus.
Board meetings will be held the third Monday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in the Administration Office.
Lana Miller was appointed corporation treasurer with Karen Sieverding
as deputy treasurer.
The superintendent was given unanimous approval for his request
to approve year-end balance of appropriations, expenditures,
investments, encumbrances, and transfers as they were presented.
As per the recommendation of the Administrative/Non-Certified
Salary and Benefit committee, administrative employees will
receive a 2.5% raise retroactive for the 2006-2007 contract
year, with three minor language changes made to the administrative
addendum. The base salary of the Business Manager/Treasurer
increased $2,846. It was noted that this was an attempt to get
the salary for the position closer to the state averages for
schools the same size as South Ripley. A 2.5% raise for non-certified
personnel retroactive to July 1, 2006, was recommended. Benefit
language was approved to allow the accumulation of sick/personal
days up to the maximum - plus the yearly leave entitlement.
Substitute teachers will now get $55 per day, an increase of
$10 per day. It was recommended that Janet Myers receive the
stipend for South Ripley Computer Coordinator for Student Data
for the 2006-2007 school year.
The board approved the acceptance of the retirement of
Elementary Extra-Curricular Treasurer Connie Mann effective
May 31, 2007. Supt. Ahaus, along with the board thanked Mann
for her 34 years of service to the school.
Motion was made and approved to accept the resignation
of Mark Downard as Boys Golf Coach for the 2006-2007 school
Nicholas Paulins resignation as Junior High Girls
Track Coach for the 2006-2007 school year was accepted.
The recommendation to terminate Sally Seaser as part
time cafeteria help was approved.
A family medical leave was approved for Assistant Superintendent
Dennis Stockdale from January 16, 2007 until February 27, 2007
Approval was given for the FFA to attend the National Farm Machinery
Show on February 15 in Louisville, Ky. The 2007-2008 calendar
was accepted as presented by Superintendent Ahaus. ISTEP+ scores
were shared with the group along with three years prior data.
Although no minutes were available from the work session, it
was noted that one would follow the regular meeting regarding
a possible building/renovation project. Another work session
was scheduled for January 23.
Under information items, Supt. Ahaus shared a letter from the
Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation stating that they do
not want to pursue consolidation with South Ripley in the immediate