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The Versailles Republican

December 4, 2014 • Headlines

Several women spoke about their non-traditional jobs at the Southeastern Career Center fair recently. The idea was to expose sophomores to careers they may not have thought of and possibly take classes that would suit their future.
These career center students stop and chat with Batesville Police Officer Jamie Straber and other speakers on the panel about non-traditional female jobs highlighted at the Southeastern Career Center recently. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
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First ever for South Ripley educator
Hite wins state jr. high principal of the year

Mary Mattingly

The Indiana Association of School Principals recognized Rodney Hite, former principal of South Ripley Junior High School, as the 2014 State Middle School Principal of the Year.

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Rod Hite with his two boys, Roman and Saxton and wife Mandy at the Marriott for the awards ceremony. Other family members and SR teachers attended also.

Hite was also named District Middle School Principal of District 10. District 10 is located in Southeast Indiana and is made up of Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Jennings, Ripley, Rush, Shelby and Union counties. District Middle School Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts, with Hite named as the state winner from these 12.

He is the first principal ever from South Ripley Schools to win the state award, and no one can recall anyone receiving a state award from any of the county schools. He left South Ripley this year to be principal at Edgewood Jr. High, a school of 600, in Ellettsville, Indiana. The recognition ceremony on Nov. 23 was part of the 2014 Principals of the Year Recognition Celebration, a part of IASP’s annual Fall Professional Conference. Hite was there with his wife Mandy, also a teacher, and two sons, and said it was a South Ripley accomplishment, and he accepted on the school’s behalf.

He told Ripley Publishing afterward, “If it was not for the vision of the South Ripley school board and superintendents to build and support a junior high, this award would not have been possible. If it was not for the efforts of the students, parents, and teachers of South Ripley, I would have never been recognized.” He also noted the combined efforts of administrators throughout the county.

The award was presented at a dinner at the Indianapolis Marriott Hotel with the IASP State President, Michael Crull, presiding along with Todd Bess, Executive Director. South Ripley Superintendent Rob Moorhead, who had written one of the nominating letters for Hite, and several junior high teachers and administrators attended the special presentation to show support for Hite. Hite was principal at SR for four years. Hite told Ripley Publishing his career philosophy and advice to other educators is to focus on the student’s best interest

“I have often said the teachers work for the students and I work for the teachers by supporting their efforts for the students. This student centered technique helps lead to the Anne Sullivan approach to teaching and learning; meaning failure is simply not an option.”

Moorhead cited Hite’s leadership as playing a big role in the school’s recent academic success, as a Four Star School, junior high counseling earning a Gold Star, and the schools earning A grades from the state. Hite will represent Indiana at the National Association of Secondary School Principals Recognition Program in the Fall of 2015. Hite recommends teachers use their fellow peers to find best practices that actually work in the classroom, not just in theory. “For administrators I would recommend framing essential questions around the premise, what’s in the best interest of the student?”

The Indiana Association of School Principals is a not-for-profit, professional association serving over 2300 building level administrators in the state of Indiana. See Hite’s letter to the editor about this award on page 4 of the Osgood Journal print edition and e-edition.

Holiday activities...

The Christmas season is in full swing with lots of choices of activities this weekend.

On Friday, the Friendship Christmas Walk begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. There is a bonfire, music and live nativity scene. On the other end of the county, Batesville’s Gibson Theatre will feature the movie “Hoosiers” with a meet and greet at 6 p.m. with several members from the famous 1954 Milan Indians State Championship Team. It’s also being played on Saturday at 1 p.m., and tickets are $2. Tickets are available at the door. Also on Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., the Milan Christmas parade begins at Main Street, with Santa afterward at the Reservation Restaurant. For the first time, Santa on the Square event will be held on the courthouse square in Versailles on Saturday. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Lions Building, and there will also be caroling, goodies and a live nativity scene. Saturday and Sunday is the Ripley County Parks Annual Christmas Walk at the fairgrounds in Osgood from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no admission charge and it’s located at Building 10.

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