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Complaint by former supt.

Lawsuit filed against JCD

A civil lawsuit was filed in Ripley Superior Court by a former superintendent against Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation. Leanna Phillippe is seeking lost wages, benefits and investment income, and punitive damages from the school corporation as a result of being terminated. Phillippe was hired as the school superintendent and also signed a teacher’s contract around Feb. 15, 2012.

The contract was for three years, ending in June, 2015, but in May, 2014, the school board began termination procedures against her alleging insubordination, incompetence and “other good or just cause.” The complaint filed on Feb. 2 by Phillippe states the corporation failed to meet the standards outlined in state code to establish the grounds necessary to terminate her contract. She received a hearing before the school board to dispute the charges, but afterward the school board, acting for the corporation, ended her superintendent’s position and teacher contract.

The lawsuit states the former superintendent has been damaged by the improper and illegal termination of her contract by lost wages, benefits and retirement income. The complaint states the school board violated the state statute, and it also states “the collective action of the board was willful and malicious such that punitive damages should be awarded” to Phillippe. An amount was not listed. A copy of the complaint was sent by certified mail to the corporation. The corporation, which is represented by Doug Wilson, must respond within 23 days or judgment will be rendered. Phillippe’s attorney is John Watson. Prior to the superintendent role, Phillippe was principal of JCD Elementary.

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Feb. 23 and Feb. 25
Jac-Den-Del to hold student meetings
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There will be an 8th grade meeting on Feb. 23 and a meeting for 10th graders on Feb. 25. Read details about these important meetings on the front pg., section B in The Versailles Republican dated Feb. 18.

Feb. 29
Public meeting to discuss plan for EMS in county
Commissioners agreed with a date set for February 29 at 7 p.m. in the annex building, Versailles. They will have their regular meeting that morning as usual and only discuss medical service during the evening meeting. Read the article on the front pg. of The Versailles Republican dated Feb. 18.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Sheriff scholarships announced

Ripley Co. Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth announced that Indiana Sheriff’s Association would again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice. For details pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated February 11 and read page 3.

Deadline: April 4, 2016
SEIRD announces student scholarship
The Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD) is pleased to announce the 2015 - 2016 “Students Making an Environmental Difference Scholarship” for graduating high school seniors. For details pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated February 11 and read pg. 2.

Art classes to be offered at Versailles State Park in April
Art classes will be open to the public of all ages, and include photography, birdhouse painting, watercolors, woodworking, recycled art, mixed media art, and beginning guitar. More information is available on page 3 of The Versailles Republican dated January 21.

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