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August 28, 2014 • Headlines

Coach Amy Miller shows throw-in skills during a Thursday practice at the Versailles Soccer fields. She coaches 6 and 7 year olds and
their team name is Purple Pytons. Games started August 23. They won their first game.

Shelby Bastin protects the goal as teammate Derek Borgman tries to score. The Century Tube Team is for 8 and 9 years olds and part of
the Versailles Soccer League. Coached by Chad White, they practice skills before their first game last Saturday, which they won 4-0.

If Katie Miller doesn’t make it in soccer, she could try out with the Rockettes for her high kick skills! Connor Heath practices his foot skills.
The Purple Pythons, coached and sponsored by Amy Miller, did various drills in anticipation of the first game August 23.

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6th grade No.1 for English/language ISTEP
South Ripley School Board recognizes achievement

At the Aug. 18 regular school board meeting, South Ripley Community School board accepted the resignation of a long-time time school board member and recognized the 6th grade teachers. After serving for more than 11 years, Jim Miller will be resigning from the board, effective August 18. He and his wife are moving from the district; therefore, he is no longer eligible to serve on the board. Supt. Robert Moorhead recommended acceptance of the resignation and stated his deep appreciation to Jim for his 11 years and 8 months service to the board. He read the plaque that will be presented to Jim, since he was not at the meeting. The board commented that Jim has been an effective board member with the education of the students as his first priority.

South Ripley 6th Grade


Pictured left, South Ripley’s 2014 6th grade students scored #1 out of 296 school corporations in ISTEP+ English/Language Arts in the entire state. They’ve never ranked the top in the state in a category.

The other guests at the regular meeting receiving special notice were 6th grade SR Elementary teachers. Moorhead congratulated and recognized David Brawner, Lisa Gilpin, Barb Hensley and Kristen Stone. (Meganmarie Dennis was absent) for an ISTEP achievement. South Ripley students ranked No. 1 in the state for passing percentage on the 6th grade English/Language Arts portion of the ISTEP+ test. This is a significant accomplishment and worthy of recognition, Moorhead said. The corporation has never achieved a No. 1 position in a category. Principal Mark Collier and Assistant Principal Amy Linkel were both present and stated how proud they are of these dynamic teachers and the students. Collier also commended the K-5 teachers for preparing these students to be able to achieve this ranking. Moorhead shared additional ISTEP+ data and commended the building leadership, teachers, and students for producing such outstanding results. Board President Tim Taylor presented a certificate of recognition to each of the teachers.

The other good news mentioned at the meeting was about the Community Impact Grant. School Resource Officer Jeff Thielking was present to share the news of the schools being the recipient of the $25,000 Community Impact Grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation. This was the first time the grant had been offered by the RCCF, and many local organizations competed for it. This grant will be used to purchase emergency readiness supplies and equipment for the Ripley County Schools. The grant was awarded to the Ripley County School Safety Commission of which Thielking serves as president. South Ripley Schools will handle the monies for the grant. Board members thanked Thielking for his work on this grant.

Safe Routes

Members of the Versailles Safe Routes to School Planning Committee, Suzzi Romines and Jeff French, county surveyor, shared information concerning the project goals and objectives, including maps and phases of implementation. Their goal is to create safe walking and biking paths connecting schools to the business district. The Safe Routes committee welcomed anyone to attend their meetings with an interest in seeing this project move forward.

The SRHS Sunshine Society will partner with Gleaners Food Bank to establish a Food Pantry to serve the families of the South Ripley Community School Corporation area. Principal David Wintin and teacher Mary Gehring discussed the arrangements with Gleaners.

Moorhead recommended approval of the minutes, financial report and claims as submitted.

The board unanimously agreed to:

• Accept the intent to retire from Debra Jett, athletic director, effective June 30, 2015, including waiving the one-year notification period. Moorhead thanked Jett for her many years of service to South Ripley.

• Provide Jessica Hamm a portion of the assistant volleyball coach stipend pay for the portion of the season she covers due to Ms. Greiwe’s FMLA leave. The pay will be pro-rated based on the actual amount of time Greiwe is absent during the season.

• Chad Renfro as the 7th grade boys basketball coach for the 2014-2015 school year.

• Jenna Smith as the 8th grade sponsor for the 2014-2015 school year, effective July 31, 2014. This is a correction from the prior month assignment submitted by Moorhead who recommended acceptance of the resignation of Teresa Swinney from her position as four-hour, part-time custodian, effective August 1, 2014.

• Extend the temporary maintenance supervisor position until a candidate is approved in the position permanently. A recommendation is anticipated for the September 15 board meeting.

• Allow the high school FFA members to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, from October 27 through November 1, 2014. Participants will travel via school mini-bus to attend the convention. Varying groups of students not to exceed 14 will travel daily leaving school at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m.

• Allow the high school functional skills class to attend the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 11, 2014.

• Advertise the calendar year 2015 budgets. Moorhead and board members thanked Business Manager Lana Miller for her work in preparing the 2015 budgets.

Community Impact

Moorhead reminded board members that the 2015 budget hearing will be held on September 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., as advertised. The budget adoption will be in October.

The Indiana School Boards Association and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents 64th Annual Fall Conference is Monday, September 15 and Tuesday, September 16 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. This was scheduled a week earlier than in years past, and, therefore, conflicts with the September 15 board meeting. A budget work session was held at 5:30 p.m., and an executive session followed regarding discussion of collective bargaining.

Members present at the board meeting were Jeff Cornett, Robert Garcia, Carol Holzer, Randy McIntosh, Tim Taylor, and Becky Turner.

Illegal animals, drugs found

Raccoons, skunks and drugs were discovered at a Moores Hill residence. Indiana Conservation Officers arrested two people after a search warrant uncovered several violations on Monday afternoon, August 25. The violations include illegal possession and sale of wild animals and possession of various illegal drugs. A tip that two individuals were keeping raccoons and skunks in their home and selling them to buyers led officers to a home at SR 350 on July 1. The search resulted in the finding of raccoons, skunks, black bass, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Jason S. Miller, 27, Moores Hill, was arrested for possession of skunk, a raccoon, and a black bass, illegal sale of wildlife, all Class C misdemeanors, and for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a legend drug, both level 6 felonies, possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor, taking a juvenile to a location used for drug sale, manufacture, or possession, also a Class A misdemeanor; Rachael M. Blankenship, 18, Moores Hill, was also arrested for possession of a skunk and raccoon, illegal sale of wildlife, all Class C misdemeanors, possession of paraphernalia, taking juvenile to location used for drug sale, manufacture, or possession, both Class A misdemeanors.

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