Wanda English Burnett
to Dr. John Mehrle, superintendent of South Ripley schools,
the schools have made significant strides in academic improvement.
Under the PL221 state accountability system, there are five
rankings: Exemplary Progress, Commendable Progress, Academic
Progress and Academic Probation and Academic Probation.
The South Ripley School Corporation has an overall rating of
Commendable Progress. The elementary school moved up two levels
and is now rated Exemplary Progress. This is the highest rating
possible. The high school moved up one level to Academic Progress.
Dr. Mehrle informed the board that 70% of high schools in the
state of Indiana at this time are on Academic Watch. He believes
that in addition to the junior high ISTEP scores, which were
second highest in the state relative to growth, these ratings
demonstrate that the hard work of the staff is beginning to
show results. He stated that he is proud of the staff,
they have done a good job.
Unanimous decisions were made for the following personnel issues
at the October regular meeting of the board of trustees:
The transportation supervisor position will be aligned
with the hourly rate of the elementary and high school maintenance
Employment of Dan Goris to fill the position of transportation
supervisor effective November 15, 2010. Robert Garcia, board
member, abstained so the vote was 5-0.
FMLA approved for Rodney Hite, effective October 11,
2010 to October 24, 2010.
FMLA approved for Pauline Doan from December 17, 2010
to January 31, 2011.
Retirement approved for Barbara Shadday, corporation
bus driver, effective October 31, 2010. Lana Miller read a short
statement from Shadday, thanking the school for her many years
of employment. The board members all wished her well.
Approved the following extra-curricular coaching assignments
for the 2010-2011 school year: Shannon Schmaltz, 7th grade girls
basketball; Thom Conover and Kevin Mack, girls basketball volunteer
coaches; Travis Wrightsman, varsity boys baseball, Curtis Stephen,
assistant baseball volunteer coach.
Approved the resignation of Lindsay Theetge from her
position of junior high soccer co-coach, effective immediately.
Approved the resignation of Max Howard from the position
of junior high soccer co-coach, effective immediately.
Under financial news:
Approved the adoption of the 2011 general, transportation,
debt service, capital projects, bus replacement and rainy day
fund budget, levies and rates.
Approved the adoption of the 12-year bus replacement
plan. The 2011-2015 bus route bid night was announced for November
Under other information:
Bids were received and reviewed on October 15, for additional
parking spaces at the high school. Approval was given unanimously
to accept the bid from Dave OMara in the amount of $93,195.00.
Approval was given for a 8th grade field trip to the
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati,
Ohio, on November 16.
Those present at the regular meeting were Robert Garcia, Gil
Landwehr, Keith Mathews, Randy McIntosh, Ralph Miller, and Tim
Taylor. In addition, Dr. John Mehrle, superintendent of schools
was present along with corporation attorney Merritt Alcorn and
business manager Lana Miller.
Board members accept resignation of teacher
A special business meeting was held on October 25 with all board
members in attendance along with Dr. John Mehrle, superintendent
and attorney Merritt Alcorn.
Members made a unanimous decision to accept the resignation
of Ed Newman as teacher at the high school effective November
At the meeting, the board also approved the revised 2011-2015
bus route descriptions and regulations. Insurance requirements
caused them to have to change the bid process to a sealed bid.
The next regular meeting will be held November 15 at the school