Betty D Cox Michael L Evans Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS

OVSD Board holds August meeting

The Ohio Valley School District school board held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Board members, John Lewis, Judy Campbell, Kent Bauman, President, Richard Seas, Superintendent; Charlie Bess, and Tom Reed and Treasurer Tina K. Hageman were all present.

The board approved the Tuition Rate for the 2015-16 school year. The rate was set at $1,907.27 by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

There was a discussion about the Peebles PTO request to build a shelter house next to the elementary school. The structure will be large enough to house individual classrooms for activities taking place during school hours.

The TAG students’ (grades 3-6) field trip to Chicago, ILL was approved.

The board approved the CEC Agreement to determine the cost of a proposed walkway that would run between the West Union High School and the elementary buildings. According to OVSD Facilities Manager, Steve Wolfe, the walkway would serve as a fitness trail like those at North Adams and Peebles. It would be available to students, staff and the public and would also allow students involved in extra-curricular activities and mentoring programs to move from one building to another more easily.

The walk will run from the south end of the elementary parking lot to the north end of the high school parking lot. It also will anwer safety concerns about moving students from one building to another in the event of an emergency. Architects for Civil Environmental Consultants (CTC) will determine the costs.

Superintendent Seas and the Board presented OVSD bus driver Kieth Williams with a Certificate of Recognition. Williams’ bus was involved in a head-on collision on April 30, 2015. He was commended for following procedures and keeping the students on the bus calm and safe until help arrived. OVSD transportation supervisor, Larry Bennington and OSHP Trooper Josh Baker were also present and praised Williams for his actions and quick thinking. (For more on the Williams recognition, see page 1A of the Sept. 2 edition of The People’s Defender.)

The board then entered executive session.

The board approved the hiring of Alexander Jones, Austin Kingsolver, Christina Mitchell, Michael Morrison, Jennifer Ray Ogden, Denise Ann Rudd, Brenda Lee Tolle, and William Winchester as classified substitutes.

The Employment of Certified Contracts for Angela Henderson, April Henderson, Rachel Herman, Christina Nelms, Matthew Potts was approved.

Supplemental contracts approved included: Adam Farus as Wilson Children’s Home Tutor, Michael Felts as Junior Class Advisor/Prom Coordinator, WUHS;,Rachel Herman as .5 Varsity Golf coach, NAHS, Tess Holloway as National Honor Society and Science Fair director, WUHS, Jay Kevin Hunter as varsity boys soccer coach, WUHS, Austin Kingsolver as Assistant Varsity Boys basketball coach, WUHS, Keisha Lewis as Junior Varsity Girls volleyball coach, NAHS, Scott Lovett as .5 Athletic Director PHS, Amber Lung as volunteer assistant golf coach, NAHS, Ethan McCarty as Junior High Boys 8th grade basketball coach, WUHS, Jalynn McClellan as Junior High Girls 7th and 8th grade volleyball coach, NAHS, Ashlee Moore as Junior High girls volleyball coach, WUHS, Melanie Ohnewehr as Science Fair director, OVCTC, Jamie Puckett as high school year book advisor, WUHS, C. Shannon Staggs as volunteer assistant basketball coach and volunteer assistant softball coach, NAHS, Trina Stapleton as Junior class advisor/prom coordinator, NAHS, Tyler Stephens as .5 Athletic Director, PHS, Helen White as Wilson Children’s Home tutor, Tyler Wilson as varsity golf coach, PHS, and Jamie Young as .5 varsity golf coach, NAHS.

The board approved FMLA for Joan Weir, Aug. 19-28, 2015.

The board also accepted and approved the resignation and separation agreement of Randall Hogge, effective Oct. 27, 2015.

The OVSD board’s next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Carreer and Technical Center.

By Patricia Beech

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