named superintendent for SR
John Mehrle was selected to serve as Superintendent for the South
Ripley Community School Corporation, which will be effective July
The unanimous vote was given by the school board of trustees at
their regular meeting Monday, March 15.
Dr. Mehrle told The Versailles Republican, I am honored
to accept this position. He further noted he feels a great
responsibility to serve the taxpayers and knows the importance
of the school and its functions.
The newly named superintendent will succeed Ted Ahaus, who has
served the South Ripley School Corporation for the past 36 years.
Mr. Ahaus left a solid foundation, Dr. Mehrle noted.
He said he is grateful for the financial accountability in place
and plans to carry on with the responsibility to taxpayer dollars.
He said financial stewardship is of utmost importance in light
of the economy.
The new superintendent said his goal is to take the wonderful
new facilities to the next level, which is to stress academic
excellence and expand educational programs. He praised the former
administration for the building project that will now allow him
to build on that foundation in a different direction.
Dr. Mehrle has an impressive resume having served with the South
Ripley schools for the past three years as assistant superintendent,
as well as junior high administrator.
He originally held a business career in the book-publishing field,
and lived and worked in New York City for several years. He completed
his Master of Arts in International Business/Latin American Studies
from Indiana University.
Making a career change to teaching, he took his first teaching
position at South Dearborn High School where he taught Social
Studies and Spanish for seven years. He then obtained his administrators
license and served as building principal at Eastern Greene High
School in Bloomfield for four years. He later returned to South
Dearborn for an associate principals position for four years
before coming to South Ripley in 2007.
Besides his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science
in Education degrees, Dr. Mehrle has earned the Specialist in
Education degree (Ed.S.) and obtained his superintendents
license in May of 2005. He completed his Doctorate in Education
(Ed.D.) in December of 2008 at Indiana University.
Superintendent Ahaus said of Dr. Mehrle, he has shown much
dedication to the students, faculty and staff during his tenure
with South Ripley. He is comfortable with leaving the position
in his hands. Ahaus gave his resignation early so the process
could begin to find a replacement. Having his last goal met of
getting the building project completed, he said he now feels good
about leaving. Hes not sure what direction he will go in
the future, but knows he wont be idle.
Ahaus has served in a variety of positions during his career at
South Ripley that include being a teacher, coach, athletic director,
assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and finally,
superintendent. Ive even swept floors, he laughed.
Ahaus is grateful to staff, students and a community that has
allowed him to serve in many ways over the years.
Both men are dedicated to education and feel they have been fortunate
to have been chosen to fulfill their desires to further education
at South Ripley.