Snow days to be made up

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.

Under personnel:
* 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.

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