The South Ripley School Board met Monday, October 15, for its regular business meeting. Superintendent Rob Moorhead recognized elementary teacher, Marsha Brinson, for being named Educator of the Year by the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce.
Brinson was presented with a certificate of recognition and a gift bag. Moorhead thanked her for her hard work. Brinson responded by saying that she loves teaching and loves her job at South Ripley Elementary.
Under personnel, the following changes were unanimously approved:
• Create a general fund position of High Ability Instructional Assistant for 6.5 hours per day, for the rest of the 2012-13 school year. The hourly rate will be $21 per hour.
• Hire a lunch room supervisor for one hour per day at an experienced aide rate of $12.57 per hour for the rest of the 2012-13 school year, funded by the general fund.
• Becky Roepke to fill the position of High Ability Instructional Assistant and to fill the position of the one hour lunch room supervisor position, effective October 22.
• Julie McKittrick to fill the FMLA leave of Mary Ann Geisler, retroactive to September 14. She will be paid her current aide rate for the first 15 days of the leave, and then the applicable teacher rate for the remainder of the leave. An emergency special education permit will need to be filed for McKittrick.
• John Kalb to fill the FMLA leave of Holly Swinney from around October 29 through the end of the first semester. Kalb will be paid the substitute rate for the first 15 days of the assignment and then applicable teacher rate for the remainder of the leave, per the master contract.
• Resignation of Christy Moore from her part-time aide position, effective September 21.
Under financial concerns, the following was unanimously approved:
• Adoption of the 2013 general, transportation, debt service, capital projects, bus replacement, and rainy day fund budgets, levies, and rates.
• Adoption of the three-year capital projects plan.
• Adoption of the 12-year bus replacement plan.
• Approval of a resolution authorizing a reduction in the appropriation of $31,472.00 in the 2012 bus replacement plan. This is to clear out the appropriation that will not be spent in 2012, allowing a larger amount to be approved in 2013 for future bus purchases.
In other business, the following was unanimously approved:
• To open the weight room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., beginning Tuesday, November 6, through Thursday, December 20. The weight room will be open to adults of the South Ripley community on these days. The additional hours open will be assigned to existing custodial staff. Hours will be increased by four hours per week.
• Approval of the RISE evaluation documents, which will include RISE Indiana principal effectiveness rubric, RISE Indiana teacher effectiveness rubric 2.0, professional school counselor effectiveness rubric, Association of Indiana School Library Educators school librarian evaluation rubric, and ISBA/IAPSS Indiana superintendent evaluation rubric.
While board member, Jim Miller, voted yes for the approval of the RISE evaluation documents, he did state reservations regarding the longevity of the RISE evaluation system.
Principal Bob Meyer explained a program to the board that is being extended to South Ripley athletes to allow for a free heart test. Meyer's son, Doug, was diagnosed as a student athlete with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Doug Meyer and wife, Courtney, have formed a non-profit organization offering student athletes in the Indianapolis area schools a free EKG to test for this medical condition. Both are graduates of South Ripley and would like to extend this same program to South Ripley student athletes.
The program would be offered on a voluntary basis with parental consent and no cost to the student athletes or their families. Meyer plans to bring more information and seek approval for this program at the November meeting.
Lana Miller, business manager, informed the board that the Consortium health insurance renewal rates for 2013 will include an eight percent increase due to large claims filed in 2012.
Superintendent Rob Moorhead informed the board that the ISBA Fall Region meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 30.
Board member Becky Turner expressed concern about the outdoor lighting at the high school. Moorhead agreed to check into the matter and make sure lighting is working properly.
Board member Randy McIntosh scheduled an administrative/non-certified salary and benefits committee meeting for Wednesday, November 7.
Attending the meeting were Superintendent Rob Moorhead; school attorney, Merritt Alcorn; business manager, Lana Miller; and board members Gil Landwehr, Randy McIntosh, Jim Miller, Tim Taylor and Becky Turner.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be Monday, November 19.