South Ripley’s school year is delayed due to a problem with the air conditioning system

Repairs, cleaning and air quality testing will be done before students and teachers return.

(Versailles, Ind.) – Summer vacation has been extended by a week for South Ripley students and teachers.

In a letter to parents and guardians, Superintendent Rob Moorhead explained that schools in South Ripley will start the 2022-23 school year a week later due to an issue with the air conditioning system in high school and middle school.

The delay will allow repairs, cleaning and air quality testing to be completed.

The first student day will now be Wednesday, August 10. Meet Your Teacher evenings will also be moved back a week.

  • Elementary School Meet Your Teacher – Monday August 8
  • High School/College Meet Your Teacher – Tuesday, August 9
  • Library Days – Wednesday August 3 and Thursday August 4

“During the summer, a surge from the chillers in the HS/JH building caused the air conditioning system to run at 25% capacity,” Moorhead said.

The superintendent further explained that due to supply chain issues, the parts needed to repair the chillers were not delivered until July 20.

“The reduced cooling capacity during this extreme heat has caused moisture issues in parts of the building which has led to early mold growth which will be removed by professional cleaning products. With safety being our top priority and out of an abundance of caution, we have worked with the Ripley County Health Department to ensure we have a safe and healthy environment for the return of our students and staff,” Moorhead said.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the superintendent’s office at 812-689-6282 or your school’s building manager.

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