Back to school delayed for a week in South Ripley – WRBI Radio


VERSAILLES, IN — The start of the 2022-23 school year at South Ripley Community Schools will be delayed by one week due to an issue with the air conditioning system in the Junior/Senior High building.

In a letter to parents and guardians, Superintendent Rob Moorhead wrote that a power surge from the Jr./Sr. The building raised over the summer ran the air conditioning system at only 25% capacity.

Due to supply chain issues, the parts needed to repair the chillers were not delivered until last Wednesday (July 20).

Reduced cooling capacity in extremely hot weather caused humidity and humidity issues in part of the building, which led to early mold growth.

As a precaution, Moorhead says the school corporation has worked with the Ripley County Health Department to ensure a safe and healthy environment for returning students and staff.

Moorhead says a certified service professional will clean the building, and to complete the necessary air quality tests it will be necessary to delay the start of the school year by a week.

The first student day will now be August 10. High Meet Your Teacher Night will take place on August 9.

The Bookstore Days will now be held on August 3 and 4.

Moorhead says an updated 2022-23 school year calendar will be distributed following approval from the South Ripley School Board.

Moorhead adds that anyone with questions can call the superintendent’s office at (812) 689-6282 or their school’s building superintendent.


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