Wanda English Burnett - Editor
At the South Ripley Community
School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting held Monday,
February 19, snow day make-up was determined. At that point,
students had missed five days due to weather. One make-up day
was held Monday, February 19, Presidents Day, the others
were scheduled for Good Friday, April 6, and three added to
the end of the school calendar for May 22, 23, and 24. Students
with religious obligations would be allowed to attend service
on Good Friday without being counted absent.
Superintendent Ted Ahaus told board members that a bus had slipped
off the road on Monday, February 19, but there were no injuries
and no damage to the bus. The corporation had been trying to
alleviate that type of a situation by having students come in
on a delayed schedule, dismiss early, or not in session at all.
* The acceptance of the resignation of Kathy Deaton as elementary
teacher was recommended. The date would be effective the end
of the 2006-2007 school year. Deaton had previously requested
a one-year maternity leave and now has decided not to return
for the 2007-2008 school year.
* The retirement of Jane Westmeyer as treasurer at the high
school was recommended. That will be effective June 1, 2007.
Board members thanked Westmeyer for her 35 years of service
to the corporation.
* The employment of Cindy Strunk and Karen Vollmar as two-hour
cafeteria workers in the elementary school effective February
19, met with unanimous approval.
* Barb Hensley was recommended as Junior High Girls Track coach
for the Spring 2007 season.
* Greg Huntington and Phil King were recommended as co-coaches
of the Boys Varsity Golf team for the Spring 2007 season.
* The resignation of Malena Smith as Gifted and Talented Aid
effective March 1, was recommended.
* The retirement of Carol Berry as elementary teacher effective
the end of the 2006-2007 school year was recommended. Superintendent
Ahaus thanked Mrs. Berry for her 29 years of service.
* The resignation of Steve Snyder as Girls Varsity Basketball
Coach effective February 19 was recommended.
The approval of an addendum to the Tyson Lease Agreement allowing
the school to use Tyson Gymnasium for six months (October 1,
2007 through March 31, 2008) at a lease cost of $13,000, was
recommended by Superintendent Ahaus. He noted that the cost
is half of the original lease. South Ripley will reduce total
costs by $18,000 to $20,000 by reducing the lease, utilities,
and custodial expenses. Robert Garcia made a motion to accept
the recommendation, with a second by Gil Landwehr, the board
gave a 4-2 vote in favor.
Superintendent Ahaus informed the board that the Annual Performance
Report had several inaccuracies but due to state law could not
be corrected. This report was published in the local newspaper.
Members present at the meeting were Robert Garcia, Gil Landwehr,
Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller, Ralph Miller, and Tim Taylor. Jim
Samples was absent. School Attorney Merritt Alcorn was also
present. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the South Ripley
School Board will be March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the administration
office in Versailles.