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The Versailles Republican

June 26, 2014 • Headlines

The 2014 Ohio Rod Products (ORP) Church Summer Co-ed Softball League Director Brian Samples illustrates
some batter's box rules prior to the game on Thursday evening, June 19.

Pictured above are happy but tired fourth graders at Milan Elementary, after finishing a Zumatomic! session in May.
Severe weather Monday evening flattened this mobile home in Rexville on US 421 located on the Dave Hamilton property.
No one was living there. Several trees were also down in that area.
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Lions BBQ, car show is Saturday

You know we’re in the middle of summer when the Versailles Lions Club takes over the courthouse lawn and starts barbecuing chicken. It’s the annual community picnic on the square and one of the much anticipated events of the summer. For the 48th year, the Lions will be serving their famous chicken barbecue on Saturday.

Jerry Gilpin, president of the Lions Club, said the Lions throughout the country “do a chicken something or another. For us it’s barbecue.” They have over 600 half chickens ready to be cooked. “We upgraded our chicken cooker about 8 to 10 years ago and it’s no longer cooked in barrels but with charcoal. This is much better and we can cook 150 halves at a time,” Gilpin said.

The South Ripley cafeteria staff puts together the side dishes of beans, slaw, bread, and chips. But, it’s not just good fried chicken that is an attraction. The Versailles American Legion also hosts a car show, which has grown to some 200 cars from when it started 15 years ago. This year they have trophies for 70 cars. Registration is from 8 to noon, and the fee is $20. Awards are presented at 4 p.m. Legion organizers say you’ll see a range of styles and makes, from Fords and Dodges to new Mini Coopers. Cars from the ‘30s to ‘60s to present day will be judged by the Cincinnati Tri-State Mopar Club. There’s also a $100 raffle every 15 minutes for those who register their cars.

Jerry Gilpin said they decided several years ago to merge the Lions barbecue and the car show. The 5K walk/run sponsored by the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce has been a part of the event for many years. There are usually at least 100 runners who participate. Over 1,000 people usually make it to the square at some point during the day, Gilpin noted.

They have a few vendors like the Amish with their homemade ice cream and another who serves free sno cones for the kids, but organizers want to keep it more as a community picnic and are particular in what vendors or displays are allowed, according to Gilpin. For example, there will be an educational booth about the Versailles Safe Route to Schools from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proceeds from the chicken dinner sales go toward the Versailles Lions many charitable projects such as scholarships, eyeglasses, etc. “We are one of a few organizations that 100 percent goes back into the community,” Gilpin said.

South Ripley has a new principal

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South Ripley School Corporation welcomes a new principal while saying goodbye to another. Destiny Rutzel has taught at Lawrenceburg schools for 11 years, but has accepted an administration position as the new South Ripley junior high principal. The two-year contract will be effective July 1, 2014, with a beginning salary of $75,000 with the second year salary to be reviewed. She has two children, Easton and Chloe, who are very excited for their mom’s new position. Rutzel says she is thrilled for this professional advance from teacher to principal. School board members jokingly say that she has big shoes to fill, but she says she is honored and more than ready for the challenge.

Tim Taylor and Destiny Rutzel
Pictured left, Destiny Rutzel accepts a South Ripley school shirt from Tim Taylor, school board member, at the board meeting.

While welcoming a new member, the school corporation will say goodbye to long-time employee Mark Collier, elementary school principal. Collier submitted his intent to retire notice. He has been with South Ripley for 30 years and will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year. School board members expressed their appreciation of having Collier as a member of the school corporation for so many years.

In other business during the June 16 regular school board meeting, it was announced that South Ripley schools was awarded the Rural and Low Income School Grant. This grant is based on census data collected and will provide the schools with $22,108. This is the first time that South Ripley schools have qualified for the grant. The money awarded will be used to pay for the new BIO III program and $15,608 of it will be used to fund the half time alternative school teacher position.

Action items
The school board approved several items during the regular school board meeting.
• Textbook recommendations for the 2014-2015 school year.
• Summer stipends for the training of programs in two Google apps, My Big Campus, Study Island, and Pivot Day Awareness. The stipends will be deducted out of the Capital Fund.
• Superintendent Moorhead recommended approval of the Technology Integrated Services Agreement with Five-Star Technologies, as amended, in the amount of $5,500 per month, for the 2014-2015 school year effective July 1, 2014.
• The 2014-2015 school year milk supplier is Prairie Farms. An increase of approximately 12 cents per half pint was noted for the 2014-2015 school year. Prairie Farms was the only company to submit a milk bid. After food quotes are thoroughly reviewed, lunch prices may need to be adjusted at the July meeting.
• Randy McIntosh, vice president, recommended the one-year extensions of many non-certified members, including Moorhead (three years); Principal David Wintin (two years); Athletic Director Debra Jett (two years); Asst. Elem. Principal Amy Linkel (two years), and Business Manager Lana Miller (one year).
• The Safe Schools Matching Grant Program will be tabled until the July meeting due to changes in the recommendation information.
• A $25 stipend per half-day training session paid to teachers who participate in up to six, half-day technology training opportunities for summer professional development.

Information items
The board approved that 60 percent of all property tax collections will be posted into the school funds. Business Manager Lana Miller informed the board that a tax draw in the amount of $1,917,158.00 was received on June 2. Moorhead and Mark Collier spoke in appreciation of the Nation School Reform Program that was held at Batesville to collaborate will all of the Ripley County schools administrators. These administrators spent three days of training in learning protocols, analyzing data and critical friend groups. Moorhead states that “It was a great opportunity to collaborate with everyone” and Collier says that “It was three days of very valuable and really good training.”

The next school board meeting will be moved up due to scheduling conflicts. The meeting will be held on July 14.

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