thanks heard at SR Open House
the Open House of South Ripley Jr. Sr. High School, Superintendent
Ted Ahaus thanked a host of people for their part in making the
renovation/addition project a reality.
Plaques grace the walls of the auditeria where people initially
gathered for the event last Thursday, November 5 and the entrance
hallway thanking both the Tyson Versailles Fund and the Rising
Sun Regional Foundation for their generous donations to the project.
The Tyson Fund alone contributed nearly a quarter of a million
dollars over a four-year span. We are also very aware of
the many other things these funds do for our community,
Ahaus said. He added, These generous contributions have
made a significant impact and are greatly appreciated.
A special thanks went out to the community at large, specifically
the taxpayers of the corporation who were willing to allow the
project by putting their money on the line. Needless to
say, the taxpayers of our community have made the most significant
contribution of all, was the writing on the back of a brochure
that was passed out at the event. Ahaus also told those gathered
that the support and involvement of the community was crucial
to the project.
Senior board member Randy McIntosh addressed the crowd on behalf
of the board. He challenged the students to strive for excellence
in the new learning environment, saying it was top of the
Six key components were addressed with the project:
Full day/all day kindergarten facilities at the elementary
Independent Junior High Wing;
New science facilities
While Ahaus said the gymnasium was definitely not excessive
it was much needed and will appropriately meet the needs of the
He further noted that while the process sometimes seemed, long
and difficult students didnt miss a day of school
because of the project. He thanked them as well as the staff at
both schools for their patience and understanding.
From the original task force, which was comprised of community
members, parents, teachers, board members, support staff, administration
and students, to the finished project, Ahaus thanked those who
have given of their time and talent to meet the immediate and
future needs of students at South Ripley.
Those attending the open house could take a tour of the completed
project and share some refreshments made by the cafeteria staff
in their new facility.
science lab showcased
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
High school chemistry teacher Heidi Saunders, left, was
giving a demonstration along with sophomore student Alec
Gramaglia to showcase the new science lab at the high school
following the renovation/addition project. The room is more
spacious with updated equipment for the students to carry
out their experiments on.