Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

Three in race for school board

Adams County voters will have the opportunity to choose two of three candidates for the Ohio Valley School District School Board this election year. Two of the candidates, Kent Bauman and Charlie Bess are incumbents seeking re-election, the third candidate, Sarah (Sally) McDaniel is seeking election for the first time.

Kent Bauman is currently the President of the OVSD School Board. He lives in Otway. As President of the Board Bauman makes Committee Appointments and serves as the Career/Technical Advisor and the Finance/Audit Committee Chairperson. Said Bauman, “I bring practical experience to the job. I’ve served 10 years on the board and I always try to do what’s right for the students.”

Charlie Bess is also seeking re-election to the board. A lifelong resident of West Union, Bess worked at the Adams County Regional Medical Center as an Ultrasound Technologist and Radiologic Technologist from 1990-2011. She is a graduate of West Union High School and Morehead State University. As a board member Bess serves as Career/Technical Advisory – Chairperson Facilities and Transportaion Committee, and OSBA Legislative Liaison.

Sarah (Sally) McDaniel is the non-incumbent candidate. She is a lifelong resident of Adams County, a business owner, and graduate of Peebles High School. McDaniel has 31 years of experience in the OVSD education system, and currently serves as librarian for the Peebles Elementary School. “If elected I will diligently strive to take our schools to higher levels,” she says of her dedication to improving education for all students.

The election of school board members is of paramount importance in any community because the school board represents the public’s voice in education. What is expected of a school board?

According the Great Kids! web site, “The most important thing a school board does is to establish a vision for the community’s schools.” The board must consider what the school needs and what the community wants.

What philosophy of education do we want our local schools to have? What should our students know and be able to do when they graduate? How can schools best educate students who come from diverse backgrounds? These are some of the types of questions that a school board must ponder when trying to establish a vision.

Whatever the vision may be, it’s up to the school superintendent to implement it. This is why one of the board’s most crucial decisions is the hiring and firing of the superintendent. The board also approves the superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

The school board has a wide variety of additional responsibilities, such as adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employee unions, approving curriculum materials and closing or constructing schools.

School board meetings must be open to the public with the agenda publicly posted in advance. You can learn a lot about your district’s policies and challenges by attending a meeting. In most cases, you are given the opportunity to express your opinions to the board.

A school board is accountable for the performance of the schools in your district. If the schools are not producing it is your right as a voter to select new board members.

According to Ohio’s school board web site, school board members are one of the largest groups of elected officials in the state, and are charged with one of the major responsibilities in government — to provide the best educational opportunities possible for the youth of Ohio.

What does a school board member do?

A school board sets educational goals and establishes policy for the school system based upon state laws and community values. Perhaps the most important responsibility of a school board is to employ a superintendent and treasurer and hold them responsible for managing the schools in accordance with the school board’s policies.

Board members make decisions on a wide range of issues, such as hiring and evaluating a superintendent and treasurer; setting district policy; planning student services; goal-setting and long-range planning; adopting curriculum; establishing budgets; engaging parents; being good fiscal stewards; acting in the best interest of the school district and within the scope of their legal authority; and creating community relations programs. A board member should be a skilled decision-maker; however, decisions are only made by the board as a whole at a public meeting.

Another important part of the board’s work is its public relations role. School board members help build public support and understanding of public education, and lead the public in demanding quality education. The school board serves as a link between schools and the public.

What a school board member doesn’t do? According to the Ohio School Board rules the role and function of board members often are misinterpreted by the public, and in some cases, by board members themselves. The board is a policy-making body and members are the chief advisers to the superintendent on community attitudes. Board members do not manage the day-to-day operations of a school district; they see to it that the system is managed well by professionals.

Board members are not education professionals. They do not evaluate staff, other than the superintendent and treasurer, nor do they become involved in employment interviews, other than those of the superintendent, business manager and treasurer. Board members may be consulted during the hiring process for other positions, such as assistant superintendent.

(Candidate Charlie Bess had not responded to our inquiries as of press time.)

Kent Bauman
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Bauman.jpgKent Bauman Submitted photo

Sarah (Sally) McDaniel
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_McDaniel.jpgSarah (Sally) McDaniel Submitted photo

Charlie Bess
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Bess2.jpgCharlie Bess Submitted photo
Two incumbents/one challenger vie for board seats

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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