graduation set for May 30
At the regular meeting of the South
Ripley School Board of Trustees it was announced that graduation
would be held May 30. Superintendent Ted Ahaus informed the board
that the weather wavier request submitted to the state was approved,
making the last student day at South Ripley Schools May 29.
According to Assistant Superintendent Dr. John Mehrle, the elementary
school has met adequate yearly progress (AYP), but the high school
did not. He noted that efforts to meet corporation goals will
Teachers who make up the PL221 Steering Committee were in attendance
at the meeting and gave a demonstration of many projects going
on at the elementary school, including curriculum, alignment and
mapping. This also includes acuity testing, response to intervention
(RTI), wireless generation products, and differentiated instruction
Presenting teachers were David Brawner, Meganmarie Dennis, Marlene
Downey, Lisa Gilpin, Ryan Lauber, Lease Nay, Jeanne Shivers, Kristin
Stone, Amber Wenning, and Janice Wilson. Principals Mark Collier
and Amy Linkel attended and gave input at the meeting.
Ryan Lauber shared the way a small electronic chalkboard is making
a difference in the 3-4-5 grade classrooms. The elementary school
has purchased one of these chalkboards and 30 clicker responders
at the approximate cost of $1500. Those attending the meeting
were given the opportunity to use the chalkboard.
Two elementary students were recognized at the South Ripley School
Board regular meeting on April 20 - Michael Bradley, Spelling
Bee winner and Sarah Boyken Geography Bee winner. Both students
were presented with a certificate of recognition, a pin, a Raider
sticker and an umbrella.
Unanimous approval was given for the upcoming 2009 Jump Start
Summer School program and teachers to work this program as presented
by Principal Mark Collier. Unanimous approval was also given for
the use of two instructors for the 2009 Summer Driver Education
program as requested by Principal Bob Meyer. Board member Jim
Miller questioned the impact of this program due to lower participation
and asked how low the participation could go before the program
would cease. Ahaus stated that the corporation only has two instructors,
and two cars for 2009 and 30 students need to sign up to keep
the program going.
Unanimous approval was given to approve MacMillan/McGraw-Hill
as the vendor for the elementary school social studies books.
Ahaus presented the first reading on the elementary and high school
student handbooks for the 2009-2010 school year. Approval of such
will be sought at the May meeting.
Kelly Sparks was given unanimous approval to take eight of her
junior journalism students to the 86th Annual Scholastic Journalism
Convention held at Columbia University in New York on March 17-19,
2010. Students who attend will raise their own money for the trip.
This request included granting Sparks some professional days for
Personnel changes unanimously approved included:
Resignation of Sam Durham as boys varsity cross-country
coach, effective immediately.
Resignation of Tony Lloyd as 8th grade boys basketball
coach, effective immediately.
Creation of a new third shift custodial position for the
high school as of July 1, 2009. This position is needed due to
the increase in square footage at the high school.
Employment of Chelsea Durham to serve as summer receptionist
at the elementary school for the summer of 2009.
Family medical intermittent leave for Tammy Hartman retroactive
to April 1, 2009.
Extension of Sandy Howards workday to eight hours
per day during Hartmans FMLA leave.
Formation of the 2009 Summer Work Crew at the high school
as submitted by Principal Bob Meyer and Danny Ketchum, maintenance
Formation of the 2009 Summer Work Crew at the elementary
school as submitted by Principal Mark Collier and Charlie Thomas,
Under Financial News:
Business Manager Lana Miller informed the board that the
Department of Local Government Finance has begun work on the 2009
budgets. Board member Jim Miller questioned Miller and Ahaus about
stimulus monies designated for South Ripley. Ahaus stated that
he and Miller had been to several meetings and are waiting for
clarification of uses for IDEA Part B monies. Once that clarification
is received, a budget can be developed. Title One Coordinator
Amy Linkel will develop a budget for the Title One Stimulus monies.
Unanimous approval was given.
The monthly claims submitted to MainSource Bank for the
building project were $753,684.00.
Superintendent Ahaus said that the building project continues
to move along on schedule. Board members enjoyed the PL221
presentation. Board member, Robert Garcia offered to share pictures
of what schools look like in Iraq. He said it was great to be
home after serving recently in Iraq.
Board members in attendance were Robert Garcia, Gil Landwehr,
Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller, Ralph Miller, and Tim Taylor. Superintendent
Ted Ahaus, Assistant Superintendent John Mehrle, along with attorney
Merritt Alcorn, were also in attendance. The next school board
meeting will be held May 18 at 6:30 p.m.