Ripley reinstates town bus route
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The South Ripley School Board approved a policy regarding student
transportation for events outside of the regular school day at the
South Ripley Jr.-Sr. High School at their board meeting held October
15. The new policy will allow some flexibility for parents that
wish to transport their children home after an event. School officials
must be notified no later than noon on the day of the event if a
parent will be picking up their child.
A town bus route will be reinstated. Bus #118, will accommodate
the large number of students in town needing school transportation.
This route was present for the 2006-2007 school year but was eliminated
for the 2007-2008 school year. Due to an increase in students riding
the buses, it was determined that it was needed and should be reinstated.
Julie Dilk will be the bus driver for Route #118 effective October
15. The hours for Tracy Burns and Cindy Strunk will be increased
by one-half hour per day as bus aide and driver for the afternoon
pre-school route. This is effective October 15. Travis Scudder was
hired as elementary custodian effective October 25.
Thom Conover resigned as junior varsity boys' baseball coach effective
immediately. Mitchell Harrell was hired as 7th grade girls' basketball
coach for the 2007-2008 season.
Karen Vollmar resigned from her 2.25-hour per day cafeteria position
effective retroactively from September 13. Jane Raab was hired as
elementary cafeteria worker for 5.5 hours per day. This is to replace
the position left vacant due to the retirement of Genevieve DeBurger.
Tracy Burns was hired as elementary cafeteria worker for the 2.25-hour
position vacated previously by Ann Klusman. Julie Dilk was approved
as elementary cafeteria worker for 2.25 hours per day effective
October 15, 2007. Dilk will fill the vacant position of Karen Vollmar.
Superintendent Ahaus was given approval to post a new position for
an elementary cafeteria worker for 4.5 hours per day. Approval was
also sought to increase the hours of nine elementary cafeteria workers
a combined total of 3.5 hours per day. These additional hours and
new position are needed as a result of the increase in meals served
due to full day kindergarten.
The Elementary Language Arts Textbook Adoption Committee for the
2007-2008 school year was approved.
Under information items: Technology Director Jeff Downs was present
and updated the board on several technology issues.
Assistant Superintendent John Mehrle gave his monthly report to
the board regarding curriculum issues.
Business Manager Lana Miller informed the board that a tax draw
for license excise and property taxes was received in the amount
Superintendent Ahaus presented a copy of the 2008 health insurance
rates for Anthem participants. Increases in the rates ranged from
8.9% to10.5%. The Salary and Benefit Committee will review these
Superintendent Ahaus shared a copy of a letter to Tyson Board thanking
them for their $50,000 contribution to the sound and lighting system
in the new auditoria.
Superintendent Ahaus shared information regarding the elementary
receiving the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award.
Superintendent Ahaus shared with the board that the South Ripley
FFA Chapter will be attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis
during the week of October 22-27, 2007.
An executive session was held at 6:00 p.m. regarding personnel.
A work session followed the regular session regarding corporation
goals and objectives and the building/renovation project.
School board members Robert Garcia, Gil Landwehr, Randy McIntosh,
Jim Miller, Ralph Miller, and Tim Taylor were present. Superintendent
Ahaus and School Attorney Merritt Alcorn were also present to advise
the board. The next regular board meeting date was changed from
November 19 to November 15.