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AUDIO: South Ripley Schools Supt. Talks Tech, ISTEP Scores

Posted On August 06, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Versailles, Ind.) – With the return of students at Sunman-Dearborn, South Dearborn, Batesville, and Franklin County schools on Wednesday, all school districts in southeast Indiana are back to educating young minds.

South Ripley Community Schools’ first student day was Monday. Superintendent Rob Moorhead told Eagle 99.3 Wednesday that the year is off to a good start.

The biggest change the corporation is experiencing this year is the realization of a 1:1 technology initiative.

“We’re putting Chromebooks in the hands of our students in grades five through eight. We just had our first roll-out night last night and had 100 people show up for that,” Moorhead said. “We’ve got two more nights of that this week. We’re excited about the direction we’re headed with technology.”

HEAR EAGLE 99.3′S BUBBA BO DISCUSS THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH SOUTH RIPLEY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT ROB MOORHEAD.

South Ripley Schools have 13 new teachers for the 2013-2014 school year, thanks to retirements at the end of last year. An E-learning coach has also been employed to help the 1:1 initiative.
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The new principal at South Ripley Junior High School is Destiny Rutzel, who comes to Versailles by way of Greendale Middle School. Moorhead – who is in his third year as South Ripley’s top administrator – also took the opportunity to highlight the district’s good showing in 2013-2014 ISTEP+ testing scores released this week by the Indiana Department of Education.

South Ripley was 26th in the state with its 85.0 percent English/language arts and math pass rate in grades 3rd through 8th. Looking at only the English/language arts scores, South Ripley’s 92.5 percent pass rate was 6th best in Indiana. Delving further, South Ripley’s 6th grade English/language arts pass percentage was the best in the state at 96.8 percent.

“That’s something we’re pretty proud of,” Moorhead said. Moorhead also discussed an increase in enrollment and gave his thoughts on bringing high school football to South Ripley. Hear the full interview in the audio player above.

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