Ripley Community School Corporation board of trustees met for
their April meeting, where those attending would hear about
the 2010 budget reduction plan.
The board gave unanimous approval to adopt the 2010 budget reduction
plan as presented. Superintendent Ted Ahaus held a staff meeting
prior to this board meeting to have a discussion with teachers
about the plan. According to Ahaus, all areas of the school
were affected but no programs were cut.
His goal is to endure this unstable financial time while
providing needed services for both students and staff. We are
providing services and tightening the belt at the same time,
he noted. Ahaus said he hopes the economy recovers so that the
school corporation can continue to offer the best education
to its students. The plan provides some cuts in every area of
The 2010 Budget Plan means an approximate cost saving of $374,765
for the remainder of 2010 and a total of $740,842 over 2010-2011.
Following are some of the budget cuts:
Administrative - eliminate one administrative position,
freeze salaries for the 2010-2011 school year, and eliminate
cell phone allowance.
Elementary - eliminate two teaching positions, which
are actually retirements, and eliminate a guidance position.
High school - eliminate one teaching position, which
is a retirement, and reduce two part time teaching positions,
Office staff - charge cafeteria fund for treasurers
handling of café money, a two-hour a day position.
Maintenance/custodial - eliminate all overtime, reduce
a custodial position to half time, due again to a retirement,
charge cafeteria fund for custodial cleaning time, two hours
per day, reduce use of substitute, only use one if absence exceeds
two days and reduce supply expenditures 10%.
CPF/Technology - transfer of 5% of the capital project
to the general fund as approved by the state legislature.
Teacher contracts - reduce all general fund extended
teacher contracts, that have a maximum of 195 days. What this
means is that teacher contracts will be limited to 195 days.
No jobs are lost. No contracts are lost. Those with extended
contracts will be limited to 10-day extensions.
Athletic - the athletic department will reimburse the
transportation fund for the bus driver cost. Limit all athletic
activities for teams other than varsity/reserve to four days
per week. An annual participation fee of $50 will be paid by
Utilities - zone cooling throughout buildings during
the summer months. Close the elementary school for public use
in June and July. No personal kitchen appliances in classrooms.
Eliminate 50% of outside lighting year round.
Support staff - reduce two aide positions, both of which
were resignations. Use substitute pay for the first 15 days
of teacher leaves. Reduce speech therapy assistant expenses.
General - Fifty percent reduction in Learning Center
membership fees for 2010-2011. The school corporation usually
pays for five seats at the career center, at a cost of $5,000.
In addition, the school pays another $10,000 fee. This will
be reduced by 50%. Part of the reason for this is that there
will be a natural decrease in career center attendance for 2010-2011
This is happening because they are anticipating a decrease in
enrollment, as sophomores will not be targeted to attend the
Southeastern Career Center.
However, Ahaus was quick to point out that no child will be
denied services. Kids are not denied but we have a smaller
group of 15-20 students signed up, he said.
Reduce supply expenditures by 10%. Eliminate student summer
workers. Freeze non-certified employee salaries and benefits
for the 2010-2011 school year. The State of Indiana will be
paying for AP exams, which will save the corporation some money.
There will be no summer school this year. Ahaus assured the
group that there is not as much need for summer school at this
time because the ISTEP testing has been moved to the spring,
not the fall.
The projected savings of $740,842 cannot be fully calculated
due to utility costs, which cant be predicted. There could
be even more cuts coming from the state level.
In personnel matters, unanimous approval was given for the following:
Resignation of Amber Wenning, elementary teacher, effective
the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
Reduction of the extended contracts of agriculture, band,
junior high counselor, elementary counselor, boys' basketball
coach, elementary media specialist, high school media specialist
to 195 days, elementary special education coordinator and high
school special education coordinator to 190 days.
Summer work crew at the high school as presented by Principal
Summer work crew at the elementary school as presented
by Principal Mark Collier.
Employment of Marlin Kohlmeier and Steve Snyder for summer
2010 driver education instructors.
FMLA request from Carole Swinney, South Ripley Elementary
cafeteria worker, retroactive from March 19-April 5, 2010.
In other business, Supt. Ahaus recognized student Derrick Wade
for winning the oratorical speech contest sponsored by the Versailles
American Legion. Wade then competed at the district level and
earned second place. President Ralph Miller congratulated Wade,
who was presented with a certificate of recognition, pin, and
a Raider umbrella.
In financial news, monthly building project claims of $32,896
were presented and approved.
In other news, unanimous approval was given for the following:
Changes to the South Ripley Jr.-Sr. High School attendance
policy as per the first reading at the March 2010 board meeting,
effective for the 2010-2011 school year.
Math textbook adoption of the MacMillan/McGraw Hill as
submitted by the South Ripley Elementary Math Adoption Committee.
Board member Jim Miller asked about the State of Indiana recommendation
to delay adoptions. Dr. John Mehrle, assistant superintendent,
explained that the South Ripley committee was ready to move
forward with the adoption. The request to delay adoptions evolves
around international standards. Each school is making individual
decisions about whether or not to delay adoption because of
Field trip to take Kelly Sparks junior journalism students
to attend the 87th Annual Scholastic Journalism Convention held
at Columbia University in New York on March 16-18,2011. The
only cost to South Ripley School Corporation will be the substitute
Environmental Club to plant trees around the jr.-sr.
high school on Earth Day. Board members did state their concern
with planting trees in the new concrete islands. The concern
involved the root systems possibly breaking up the pavement
Route extension for bus route #2 from 46 miles to 52.6
miles, retroactive to January 27, 2010. This is a correction
from a previously approved route extension.
New copier lease with IKON Office Solutions.
Under information items, Assistant Superintendent John Mehrle
gave an update on the implementation of an algebra program.
Curriculum development will take place over the summer. Dr.
Mehrle also stated he has been in contact with the state regarding
designation of the junior high as a separate entity.
Those present at the April meeting were Jim Miller, Ralph Miller,
Randy McIntosh, Gil Landwehr, Superintendent Ted Ahaus, Dr.
John Mehrle, Merritt Alcorn, school attorney, and Lana Miller,
business manager. The next regularly scheduled meeting will
be May 17 at 6:30 p.m.