the September meeting of the South Ripley Community School Corporation
Board of Trustees the resignation of Rose Morton as transportation
director was accepted.
It was noted that elementary principal Mark Collier had assumed
many of the responsibilities of the transportation department
in the absence of a director. He reminded the board that many
other people have stepped up to provide assistance as well.
Under patrons concerns, Frank Hillberg, bus driver, stated he
was acting as the spokesperson for the corporation bus drivers.
He felt that last school year when he requested to be put on
the agenda, he was met with resistance.
Hillberg requested that issues with the bus drivers for the
2010/2011 school year be put on Octobers agenda and that
a meeting take place with Dr. John Mehrle, superintendent, and
Mark Collier, elementary school principal. All parties involved
were agreeable to both of these ideas.
Mrs. Paulette Hillberg, wife of Frank, spoke as a citizen and
as a parent. She asked that there be an open and honest professional
conversation with the bus drivers to resolve what she called
safety issues with the children and the buses. She
stated that our children are important and they can sense
when there is conflict.
Vice-President of the board, Randy McIntosh stated that the
corporation would be looking at the entire transportation department
moving forward from this point.
Under financial news, the following agenda items were decided
Financial report approved.
Recommendation to adopt the 2011 Capital Projects and
Bus Replacement Plan.
Approval of building project expenditures in the amount
of $31,568.29 as submitted.
Approval to release all retainage funds from the escrow
All budgets will be adopted at the October meeting.
Under personnel changes, the following was approved unanimously:
Resignation of Greg Huntington from the position of Boys
Varsity Golf Coach effective immediately.
Under education changes, the following was approved unanimously:
Approval of the 2011-2015 bus route descriptions, regulations,
and approval to advertise for bids.
A pre-bid information meeting was held September 27 with bid
night set for October 11.
Approval for the FFA to attend the National FFA Convention
October 18-23. Students will rotate attendance daily throughout
Approval for the Student Council to attend the Indiana
Association of Student Councils State Convention November
12-14 at Garrett High School.
Under information items, the following was discussed:
Action on the drainage project was tabled until another
The teachers health insurance renewal information
from United Healthcare includes an increase of 24.93%. Plan
alternatives will be explored to possibly reduce this increase.
Student count on membership count day was down by approximately
The Education Jobs funding will provide South Ripley
with one time funding in the amount of $267,088.00.
Ms. Scherzinger was awarded a $700 grant from CVS towards
reading program software.
The elementary cafeteria was awarded a grant in the amount
of $36,895 from the Department of Education for an outdoor walk-in
Elementary Assistant Principal Amy Linkel presented ISTEP
scores, strengths, weaknesses and goals for improvement.
High school principal Bob Meyer also shared high school
ISTEP+ scores along with their goals and strategies.
High school guidance counselor Anne Poling shared information
about dual credit and advanced placement.
Hal Kovert is working on the legal specifications for
the bid process for additional parking at the high school.
Dr. Mehrle shared a letter sent to Bruns-Gutzwiller regarding
possible cracks in the parking lot at the high school.
Attending the September meeting were board members Robert Garcia,
Gil Landwehr, Keith Mathews, Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller, and
Tim Taylor. Dr. John Mehrle was in attendance as well as school
attorney, Merritt Alcorn and business manager, Lana Miller.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be October 18 at 6:30
p.m. at the central offices of the South Ripley School Corporation.
At a special called meeting on September 28, the recommendation
of approval of a drainage project at the high school met with
unanimous board approval. Sedam Contracting Company was awarded
the bid with a cost of $29,520. This will be paid for with Building