WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters

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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