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The Versailles Republican

May 29, 2014 • Headlines

The rain didn’t deter the hundreds of runners for the Girls on the Run spring event.
Over 100 volunteers and an estimated 150 spectators lined along the Batesville streets to encourage the runners.

Melissa Mulford collects samples at Smoke Hole Cave for her research on cave environments.
Members from the American Legion wait to hear the speaker and give a 21-gun salute
during the presentation at the Memorial Day parade in Versailles.

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Happenings at South Ripley
Elementary art goes 3-D

Tatijana Marsee
3D at South Ripley Elementary
Carly Zoeller and Justin Cole show off their new skills creating models for their art class with a 3-D printer.

“I guess there’s no more paper-mache,” Rob Moorhead, superintendent, commented about the South Ripley Elementary School’s latest art tool. On Monday, May 19, the South Ripley school board held their monthly meeting.

At the start of the meeting, art teacher Thomas Maltbie presented how a new 3-D printer is being used in his classroom. He, along with two of his fifth-grade students, passed out some of their 3-D block-like creations. While the board shared the models, the students created another 3-D one on the computer in about 15 minutes.

“We have pencils, crayons, cardboard, paint, and this is just another tool for them to use.” Maltbie said. He learned about this after attending a computer coordinator conference in November and was amazed at how it could be employed in class.

In his classroom, Maltbie likes to use a method called TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviors) that allow students to be more self-directed toward which projects they want to pursue and figure out the best way to complete those projects with the supplied tools. This 3-D printer, along with its package, allows students to model a creation on their Chromebooks and download it into a 3-D form. He encourages his students to create these models using their own narratives. He states that: “It tells the stories that are in their heads right now.”

South Ripley School Board and 3D art


South Ripley Superintendent Rob Moorhead and President Tim Taylor enjoy the models that South Ripley students created with their new 3-D printer. These models are for their individual narratives that the students are making for their art class.

Agenda approved Items

South Ripley Elementary School principal Mark Collier and assistant principal Amy Linkel shared their congratulations to their sixth grade class’ national award, the Home Energy Education Challenge. The class has participated in energy-saving projects for three years now, but this year it earned the school $10,000. Tim Taylor presented a certificate of recognition.

Lunch prices increase
Lunch prices will be going up next year. The school board approved lunch pricing changes in order for South Ripley to remain in compliance with the mandate of Section 205 of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This raises the elementary school paid student lunch price to $2.20 and the junior high and high school lunches to $2.45. To maintain responsible cash balance in the cafeteria fund, breakfast meals were also raised10 cents. This makes all buildings’ student-paid breakfasts to be $1.25 and the adult breakfast to be $1.60. Adult lunches will also be increased by 25 cents, making them $3.25.

The board noted that Karen Sieverding, secretary to the superintendent, was named as the IASBO (Indiana Association of School Business Officials) Professional of the Year for Region 10. The board expressed that she is more than deserving of this award. Taylor, presented Sieverding with a plaque and certificate.

The board also recognized Rod Hite, junior high school principal, as the Indiana Association of School Principals District 10 Principal of the Year. He will go up against the other award winners for the Indiana state award. Taylor presented him with a pen and a certificate of recognition.

Action items
The board approved a wireless upgrade project. Scott Richie, Five Star Technology director, spoke on “a need to upgrade the wireless network.” Richie clarifies that “They will replace the existing access points and add new where it is needed.” The vendor for the project submitted a quote of $97,158.

An addition to the curriculum at the high school Project Lead the Way Biomed III class will be added to the 2014-2015 science curriculum. A 60-month lease with Ricoh USA, Inc. was approved for a Richo PRO8100S copier in the junior high wing. There would not be any extra cost for replacing of copiers already coming off a 60-month lease. Jenna Smith was approved to become the junior high seventh grade volleyball coach, effective with the 2014-2015 season. The board approved the Budget Reduction Plan for the 2014-2015 school year. Also approved was a recommendation for the hot water upgrade project to be awarded to Debra-Kuempel for their quote of $36,598. This will replace the two boilers and 1000 gallon storage tank at the elementary school. The project will take place this summer. The board signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ripley County Emergency Management Agency. This will insure that South Ripley along with its equipment, facility, and/or supplies may be used in the event of an extreme emergency. The board also agreed for the Alternative Supervised Choir Credit program. This will allows students in the Young Confederates choral group to earn up to two credits in choral music for their participation in the group. This would act just like that of students who play varsity sports who can use that as their physical education credit. Approval was given for the continued participation in the following programs: At Risk, Title II, Title I, Title V, High Ability, ROD Special Education Cooperative, School Food and Nutrition, Southeastern Career Center, Textbook Rental, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Wilson Education Center, and Indiana Virtual Academy. Also approved were camera systems to be placed in all buses through Kerlin Bus Sales. The cost will be $29,554.50. Help with the cost will be provided through the Safe Schools Matching Grant proposal.

The board welcomed Joseph Ralston as the high school guidance counselor effective at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Ralston said that he has been looking forward to being back here.

The board approved the following personnel items:
• The recommendation of Cheryl Tebbing for the half-time English position at the high school effective at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
• The recommendation of Elizabeth Lisa Ritter, Neil Herzog, Ariel Clark, and Tammy Halcomb as elementary school teachers effective at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
• The recommendation of Casey Hutton as the elementary school teacher for the Moderate classroom effective at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
• The internal transfer of Max Howard as the high school chemistry teacher effective with the 2014-2015 school year, pending his attainment of an emergency permit for one year. The board also approved Howard’s recommendation to be trained to teach the Project Lead the Way class, Biomed III.
• The recommendation of the non-renewal for three non-certified aides: Alicia Byard, Rae Jean Austin and Debra Vanosdol.
• The recommendations for the 2014 Summer School Program teachers as follows: Caroline Cumberworth, Kris Lafary, Nicole Johnson, and Lisa Gilpin for SRES; Lynn Cumberworth for SRHS PLATO Instructor.
• Renewal of two drivers education instructors: Marlin Kohlmeier and Jason Hughes. The instructors will start on June 2 at the maximum rate of $35 per hour.
• The request of an FMLA leave of Robin Greiwe, elementary school special education aide, from May 5 to June 2, 2014. Greiwe’s position will be filled with substitutes for the remainder of the school year.
• The employment of Kari Taulbee, Jill Moore and Rhonda Pelfrey as summer school bus drivers starting June 3 through June 9, 2014.
•The resignation of Lindsey Seabolt from social studies club sponsor and academic team sponsor effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
•The resignation of Mary Gehring of co-assistant music director effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

The next school board meeting will be on July 14.

Reminder of bicycle safety
Girl injured on bike

Mary Mattingly

An 11-year-old was air-cared to a hospital for injuries suffered from a bicycle accident on Sunday. According to Osgood Fire Chief Shawn Negangard, the call came in at 3:37 p.m. of a juvenile down at Franklin and Cardinal Lane. When first responders arrived, she was unconscious. Negangard said he was not sure exactly what happened to cause the accident. Her mother was nearby. The extent of her injuries are not known. Rescue 69 and medics assisted.

This accident came on the heels of a fatal bicycle accident in Franklin County. A nine-yea- old girl, Carley Rice of Clinton, Indiana, was riding downhill on paved grounds at the Mounds Recreational State Park Saturday and used her feet for brakes. She fell into a ditch causing her to impact the handle bars. The impact was to her throat and neck area. Witnesses and other campers came to her aid before emergency medical services could arrive. Neither bike accident victim had on protective gear, according to authorities.

Dr. David Welsh, the Ripley County Health Officer, said once school lets out motorists need to be aware of the possibility of more bicyclists, adults or minors, on the road. More bicyclists means more chance for accidents, he said. As for the bicyclists, he recommends to wear protective gear “to obey the rules of the road. Stop at the stop signs, and go with the flow of traffic.” He also advised to wear reflective or light clothing if riding at dusk or night. “Know your locale. If you’re in Osgood and you know the roads there, then fine. But, some county or country roads are not good for biking. They may be too narrow for two vehicles to pass,” Welsh added. Visibility with hills could be impaired also for both motorists and bicyclist. He advised both drivers and bicyclists to use courtesy. “Don’t harass those on bikes,” he said, adding “We encourage people to ride bikes.” It’s good for physical exercise.

The start of summer typically brings in more biking accidents. In July, they’ll see more injuries from fireworks and heat, Welsh said. There are no laws requiring helmets for bicycles, but safety officials highly recommend adults and children use them.

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