personnel items voted on
South Ripley board has full agenda
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
In a jam packed action session, the South Ripley School Board of
Trustees took care of several items pertaining to the new building/renovation
project, and voted on numerous personnel issues at their regular
meeting held August 13 in the administration office.
Saying this was a hectic time with school starting and the building/renovation
project moving forward, Superintendent Ahaus also noted this was
an exciting time in the life of the school corporation. Ive
never been more excited in my 33 years with the corporation,
he told board members.
A resolution approving formation of the building corporation received
unanimous approval. Phil King will be the president, Greg Dole,
vice-president, and Bonnie Jeffries, secretary/treasurer. Attorney
Merritt Alcorn noted that this resolution had been submitted to
the Secretary of State and was approved.
Next the superintendent recommended adoption of a Resolution of
Receiving Patrons Petitions. This was a resolution where 50 or more
school patrons had to sign a petition in support of the corporation
moving forward with the building/renovation project. Ahaus noted
that he had no trouble whatsoever getting 75 signatures that were
notarized. This motion received unanimous approval.
A resolution approving preliminary plans, form of lease, and authorizing
publication of lease hearing along with a resolution to appoint
representatives to the common wage committee were unanimously approved.
Representatives for the common wage committee will be: James D.
Benham, (industry representative); Stanley Elston, (taxpayer representative);
and Chuck Folz, (county taxpayer legislative body representative).
The last item of business under the building/renovation project
was to give approval to hire a surveyor.
Under personnel there were 20 items recommended by the superintendent.
The resignation of Christina Wood as guidance counselor at
the elementary school.
Amy Taylor was hired for special education for the 07-08
Lindsay Payne resigned as special education aide, effective
Lorie Wood was hired for special education aide, effective
Natalie Gilpins resignation as bookstore manager and
special education aide was accepted. This was effective July 30.
Gail Snyder was hired to fill the vacancy created by Gilpin.
Beth Schwering and Lisa Nay were hired as temporary instructional
aides for full day kindergarten. They are both licensed teachers.
Karen Cole was hired as Prime Time Title I instructional
aide at the elementary school.
The recommendation for Terry Bodenburg to teach summer school
is retroactive and was effective August 6.
Cathy Deaton was hired as the elementary GT Resource teacher
Sandra Michelle Riggle was approved as a sponsor for the
Lana Millers request for FMLA from August 1 to August
29 was approved. She is the corporation business manager.
Carol Holcomb and Karen Sieverding were approved to have
a rate increase from July 16-September 18 for filling in while Miller
Judy Wilson was hired as a corporation bus driver for Route
#0. This will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Toni
Tammy Cromer will drive bus #9.
Pauline Doan transferred from Route #5 to Route #13.
Otis Walston transferred from Route #19 to Route #31.
Scott Holdsworth resigned as the boys varsity baseball
Tom Conover was recommended to be a third temporary kindergarten
Sandy Peak was hired to be a special education aide at the
Jr. Sr. High School. (This was the only vote that was not unanimous.
Board member Tim Taylor had the dissenting vote.)
Wrapping up the meeting, the board approved the recommendation to
advertise and adopt 2008 calendar year budgets and approval of budget
timeline. They also approved advertising for bids for corporation
insurance. Bids will be opened and reviewed on November 1. Decision
on insurance will be made at the November meeting.
Approval of route changes as recommended by Transportation Director
Rose Morton was approved. Due to declining enrollment some of the
town routes have been changed.
Alan Welch made a presentation to the board regarding service he
could provide the corporation. A Rose Hulman graduate, with a Masters
degree from USI, Welch said he was offering his experience as an
engineering manager to assist with the new building/renovation project.
He noted it would be strictly volunteer and he would be happy to
serve in whatever capacity I could help out in.
Superintendent Ahaus thanked Welch for his interest in the school
and said they will be deciding what direction to go in the next
couple of months and would keep his proposal under consideration.
With the turnover in personnel, Superintendent Ahaus complimented
the administration at both the high school and elementary. They
(Bob Meyer and Mark Collier) have done a tremendous job over the
At the beginning of the regular meeting a public hearing was held
on year-round school. With no comments from the public, the hearing
portion was closed by board President Jim Miller.
All board members were in attendance at the August meeting: Jim
Miller, Randy McIntosh, Keith Mathews, Robert Garcia, Merritt Alcorn,
school attorney, Tim Taylor, Ralph Miller, Gil Landwehr, Superintendent
Ted Ahaus and Asst. Superintendent, John Mehrle. Karen Sieverding
was in attendance to advise the board and take minutes of the meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the South Ripley School
Board of Trustees will be September 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the administration