officials say school will be ready for students on August 12
Reynolds, Contributing Writer
When the South Ripley School Board met
July 20 part of that meeting was a tour of the newly renovated
high school and junior high school.
Board members were amazed to see the progress and are confident
the school will be ready on August 12 when the first day of school
opens. Registration times will be different than usual. They are:
August 6 from 1-7 p.m.; August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
August 10 from 1-7 p.m. at the elementary school; and August 11
from noon to 3 p.m. at the jr. sr. high school.
Milk prices will remain the same, 35 cents. Lunch prices for elementary
students are: $1.85, high school students, from $2.10, and adult
meals are $2.75. Breakfast prices are $1.25 for students and $1.50
Unanimous personnel changes include:
Employment of Gayle Wrightsman as special education teacher
at the high school, effective for the 2009-2010 school year.
Resignation of Kendall Sheets as junior high science teacher
and junior high cross country coach, effective for 2009-2010.
Julia Heidlage was hired for grade 3 and 4 Title 1 reading
teacher for just the one year of 2009-2010, paid for with stimulus
Resignation of Lori Moore as Title 1 aide, effectively
Employment of Carol Berry to fill the leave of absence
of elementary teacher Kristen Stone from August 10 - September
Larry Sutherlin to fill the part-time position of US History
teacher, effective 2009-2010. This is a two-period a day for 185
days contracted teaching position with pro-rated benefits. Sutherlin
will also help with lunch supervision for one hour at the hourly
aide pay rate.
Patsy Holdsworth to fill the part-time position of choral
teacher, effective this school year. This is a three-period a
day, 185 days contracted teaching position with pro-rated benefits.
Holdsworth will also help with lunch supervision for one hour
at the hourly aide pay rate.
Personnel positions created include:
Grade 3 and 4 Title I Stimulus reading teacher. Position
posted as an anticipated pending grant and board approval for
the 2009-2010 school year only.
Title I aide position for the 2009-2010 school year. This
position is temporary for one year only without benefits.
Two Title I stimulus aide positions for the 2009-2010 school
year. Positions are temporary one-year only positions without
In financial news:
Unanimous approval was given for:
The milk and meat prices to remain unchanged for the 2009-2010
Ted Ahaus to attend all budget hearings and change lines
one and two of the submitted 2010 state budget, in all funds,
at any time during the budget process.
The revised budget timeline. A copy of the annual financial
report was provided to board members and will be reported in The
Versailles Republican on August 6.
Monthly claims on the building project totaled $1,418,740.04.
In other news:
Unanimous approval was given to change the vision insurance carrier
from ISTA Insurance Trust to Vision Service Plan (VSP), effective
July 1. VSP will provide the same plan and rate that now exists.
To change the life insurance carrier from Lafayette Life to Madison
National Life, effective July 1. Madison National Life will provide
the same benefits at the same rate. To have a second reading on
a criminal history background check policy.
Discussion was held about the need for equipment in the fitness
room. Since the community will use this facility, a grant request
will be presented to the Tyson Fund.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be August 17.
Board members attending the July meeting were: Robert Garcia,
Gil Landwehr, Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller, and Tim Taylor. Superintendent
Ted Ahaus and assistant superintendent Dr. John Mehrle were also
present as well as school attorney Merritt Alcorn.
KAREN REYNOLDS PHOTO
Although some of the hallways were cluttered
with construction debris, South Ripley school officials
were confident that from the date this photo was taken,
July 20 until school begins on August 12, the mess would
be cleared and students will begin school on schedule.