Collier recognized at SR mtg.
Cathy May - Contributing Writer
The South Ripley School Board met on November 12 with six school
board members present: Robert Garcia, Gil Landwehr, Keith Mathews,
Randy McIntosh, Ralph Miller, and Tim Taylor. Superintendent Ted
Ahaus and Attorney Merritt Alcorn were also present.
Kellie Collier was recognized as the DAR Good Citizen for the senior
class of 2008. Vice President Miller presented Collier with a certificate
of recognition, a pen set and a pin. Trace Tucker was also present
and represented South Ripley Elementary in their efforts in attaining
the Gold Star Counseling Award. Miller presented Tucker with a certificate
The minutes, claims, and financial report were reviewed and approved.
Jerry Hon will serve as second shift custodian at the elementary
school. He will fill the position left vacant by Travis Scudder.
Mary (Jenny) Hansen was hired for a 4.5 hour per day cafeteria position
at the elementary school. A family medical leave was approved for
Charlotte Comer retroactive from October 31, 2007, through January
3, 2008. Crystal Welch will be the substitute teacher for Comer
during her medical leave. Welch will be paid at the beginning hourly
rate of a teacher for four hours per day. Also, receiving a family
medical was Deb Baldwin from November 21 until December 7, 2007.
Upon recommendation of Superintendent Ted Ahaus, the Book Adoption
Committee for the jr.-sr. high school and expenditure goals as required
by PL 191-2006 were approved. Also approved, Witkemper Insurance
Agency for the corporation property, liability, auto, and workers
compensation with a total package cost of $71,355. The insurance
carrier is Cincinnati Insurance.
Under information items, Technology Director Jeff Downs was present
and showed some new software under consideration for the school
website. The annual energy savings report was provided by Siemens.
Superintendent Ahaus shared the Emergency School Closing Plan for
the 2007-2008 school year. He also informed board members that the
Non-certified Benefits Committee met and reviewed the Anthem health
insurance increases. These increases will be reviewed again in June
School Attorney Merritt Alcorn informed board members that a bus
inspection on the burned bus will be held on November 27. Superintendent
Ahaus noted that Veterans Day programs were held earlier in the
day at both the elementary and jr. sr. high school. Both programs
were outstanding and well attended.
Vice President Miller congratulated Superintendent Ahaus for recently
being named Educator of the Year by the Ripley County Chamber of
Board members were reminded of the annual Christmas party that will
follow the December 17 meeting at Mavericks in Madison. The
December 17 board meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. to accommodate
the holiday schedule.