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Guest Column March 2020

Preparedness and Positive News from South Ripley As extensive media coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, I want to take this opportunity to assure our community that we are monitoring information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department of Health about the spread of this virus. Global efforts a...
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Guest Column November 2020

One Week of eLearning at South Ripley As I write today's column we are beginning five days of eLearning during the week following Thanksgiving.  We made this decision to proactively move to eLearning due to data that we were shown by health professionals in the Ripley County that projected a substantial rise in positive cases of COVID-19 ...
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Guest Column October 2020

Winter Athletics and the Pandemic I am extremely pleased that we have been able to complete the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year with no interruptions to in-person instruction.  I am truly appreciative to our administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents for their cooperation with our pandemic protocols to this point. As...
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Guest Column September 2020

A Fall Parade for the SR Class of 2021 The last full week of September certainly looks different in 2020 in Versailles.  Typically the streets right outside of my office are filled with rides, booths, games and all of the trimmings of the annual Versailles Pumpkin Show. Although it is nice to not have to park a block away from the office ...
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Guest Column August 2020

Reopening School During a Pandemic At the time of writing this column, we have been in school for almost three weeks, and I could not be more pleased with how things are going.  I am truly appreciative to our administrators, teachers, nurses, and staff for all of the work that has gone in to getting our schools reopened, and to our studen...
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Guest Column July 2020

Celebrating the Class of 2020 In today's column I am including excerpts from the speech that I delivered on Sunday, July 26 at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020: Good afternoon and Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2020. They say good things come to those who wait.  I know the great virus of 2020 has made you wa...
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Guest Column May 2020

Ending the School Year and Honoring the Class of 2020 I want to take a moment in today's column to say thank you to everyone involved in helping us complete this unprecedented school year in which the last time we were together with our students was Friday, March 13.From that time forward we have seen people using creativity, flexibility, technolog...
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Guest Column June 2020

The Road to Re-entry this Fall With July quickly approaching, we are busy making plans for re-entry to school this fall.  I am pleased to announce that we are planning to bring students back for face-to-face instruction during the 2020-2021 school year beginning on Wednesday, August 5, which follows our adopted school calendar. We believe...
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Guest Column April 2020

South Ripley's COVID-19 Response It is amazing how the world has changed in the past month.  In last month's column, I wrote about the preparedness steps we were taking in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Who would have thought that within a month, we would be in a position that required the Governor to close all Indiana school...
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Guest Column February 2020

Download the South Ripley App Today Recently we worked with School Courier to design and rollout a new South Ripley District App.  Our app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, and allows us to have a mobile presence for our students, parents, teachers, administrators and school community. I encourage all rea...
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Guest Column January 2020

Appreciative of Community Partnerships One of the best things about being a part of South Ripley is the tremendous support our schools receive from our community.  We have so many businesses, organizations, families and individuals that go out of their way to help us fulfill our mission of educating students today to become responsible ci...
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