School Board January mtg. changed
At the December meeting of the
South Ripley School Board it was unanimously approved to change
the date of the January meeting from 18 to 11. This was done to
keep in compliance with Indiana law requiring board reorganization
by January 15.
Superintendent Ted Ahaus reminded board members to turn in what
offices or committees they want to serve on for 2010. He shared
an email with the group from IASBO regarding Governor Daniels
order for funding cuts beginning in January 2010. He noted this
would affect the 2010 budget. Ahaus said while rumors may surface
regarding what cuts and reductions will be made, all options will
Announcements of all staff reductions will be made as soon as
decisions are made.
Under financial concerns, the following items were approved unanimously:
Business Manager Lana Miller will continue paying 2009
bills from 2009 money through the end of 2009. Approval was given
to encumber money, if necessary, for bills created in 2009 and
payable in 2009. A list will be created of any necessary transfer
of money from one major account to another and explanations given
of all transactions so that the board can approve those actions
in the January meeting.
Change the LTD carrier from Lincoln Financial to Madison
National Life, effective January 1, 2010. The SE School Insurance
Consortium recently bid this and received a 4% reduction in premiums
and better benefits.
According to Lana Miller, no building project payments
were paid in December. Escrow holdings of $284,782.25 were released
Unanimous approval of a family medical leave was granted
for Janna Stonebraker, retroactive from December 11 and continuing
on an intermittent basis, as needed, for the care of her husband.
Unanimous approval was given for the employment of Barbara
Wood to fill the two-hour cafeteria position at the Jr./Sr. High
Thom Conover got unanimous approval to be the girls basketball
coach, retroactive to the start of the 2009 season.
Sarina Daugherty was unanimously approved to be hired as
an aide to fill Jessica McConnells six-week change of assignment,
effective December 31 through the end of the leave which McConnell
is filling at South Ripley Elementary.
Superintendent Ahaus shared a letter from Secretary of State Todd
Rokita regarding the complaint filed against the ISTA.
Board members in attendance at the December 21 meeting were Robert
Garcia, Gil Landwehr, Keith Mathews, Randy McIntosh, Ralph Miller
and Tim Taylor. Also in attendance were Superintendent Ted Ahaus
and Business Manager Lana Miller.
The next school board meeting will be a regular meeting on Monday,
January 11, 2010.