Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary

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

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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