Mehrle accepts board's unanimous vote
The South Ripley Community School Board held a regular meeting on
March 15. Randy McIntosh made a motion to name Dr. John Mehrle as
the next superintendent for the schools with Jim Miller giving the
second to the motion. Unanimous approval was given from board members.
Dr. Mehrle thanked the board for their support and Superintendent
Ted Ahaus for his stable leadership and mentoring. Board members
congratulated Dr. Mehrle on his new position with board president
Jim Miller assuring him of the continued support from the school
Superintendent Ahaus recognized Abel Everage, high school senior,
for receiving the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for
Excellence. Everage was identified as one of only 15 Indiana recipients
of this award. He also earned first place in the Skills USA Welding
competition. Everage was presented with a certificate of recognition,
a pin, and a Raider umbrella.
Two presentations were made at the meeting. Asst. Superintendent
Mehrle along with math teachers Melanie Evans, Kelly King and Brenda
Slaton, gave a presentation regarding Algebra I and their goals
for increasing learning and math test scores. High School Media
Specialist Brenda Strimple along with students Cody King, Brian
Thomas, and Jake Waldron, presented a CNN project they did recently
for Decatur County Hospital. This project showed the capabilities
that now exist for South Ripley students to enter the fields of
film and/or film media. This is a direct result of the purchase
of media equipment during the recent building renovation project.
Under personnel, unanimous approval was given for:
Employment of Andrew Bayne to fill the maternity leave of Lindsey
Seabolt through the end of the 2009-2010 school year; Jessica McConnell
to fill the maternity leave of Mandy Hite from March 29 to the end
of the 2009-2010 school year; Angie Kelly to fill Jessica McConnells
aide position from March 29 to the end of 2009-2010 school year;
Brian Romans as volunteer coach for the boys golf team.
The resignation of Beth Mathes as aide at the elementary school
Four retirements were given unanimous approval: Elementary teachers
Susan Underwood, Norma Sheets and Carol Holzer will all be effective
at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Jim Conley, high school
teacher, will be effective also at the end of the 2009-2010 school
Ahaus noted of the four retirees, They are quality employees
that have worked hard for the corporation and will be missed.
In other business:
It was noted that non-renewal letters were sent to temporary
employees including those hired with stimulus monies for one year
The school board approved paying $55.00 toward each golf
participant on the 2009-2010 boys golf team, up to 12 golfers.
Unanimous approval was given for Jolly Brothers Farm to lease
the 30.4 acres adjoining the elementary school for the 2010 crop
year at $165.00 per acre. Proceeds from this land lease will be
utilized by the agriculture department at the high school.
Those attending the March meeting were Robert Garcia, Gil Landwehr,
Keith Mathews, Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller, Ralph Miller, and Tim
Taylor, all board members. Also in attendance were school superintendent
Ted Ahaus and assistant superintendent Dr. John Mehrle, school attorney
Merritt Alcorn and business manager Lana Miller.
The next regular school board meeting will be April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
at the administration office.