The Adams County Ohio Valley School Board met on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Career and Technical Center in West Union (CTC). The meeting opened with the Pledge to the flag and approval of the agenda and minutes.
The board recognized two new Teacher’s Aides from Peebles Elementary, Heather Bergquist and Miriam Levi.
Treasurer Tina Hageman presented the Treasurer’s Report/Business citing donations from local organizations who had provided funds to schools within the district.
The Adams County Common Pleas Court donated $585 with $195 going to each of the county high schools to facilitate participation in HOBY Leadership Youth Conference.
Founded by actor Hugh O’Brian, the HOBY Youth Leadership Foundation is an organization dedicated to “training and nurturing the young leaders of tomorrow.” Its mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower students to achieve their highest potential.
The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a non-profit youth leadership development program for high school scholars. HOBY sponsors 10,000 high school sophomores annually through its over 70 leadership programs in all 50 states and 20 countries. Since its inception in 1958, over 400,000 young people have participated in HOBY-related programs.
One high school sophomore from every high school in the United States, referred to as an “ambassador,” is welcome to attend a state or regional HOBY seminar. From each of those seminars, students are offered the opportunity to attend the World Leadership Congress.
The concept for HOBY was inspired in 1958 by a nine-day visit O’Brian had with famed humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. Dr. Schweitzer believed “the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.”
West Union Alumni and Friends donated $2,000 for carpeting and acoustic panels in the WU Elementary music room, and for the 5th/6th grade field trip to see the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The Seaman Lions Club donated $400 to purchase shoes and clothing for the nurses station at North Adams Elementary school. Additionally, there was an anonymous donation of $250 for shoes and clothing at West Union Elementary school.
Several issues regarding personnel were also on the agenda.
The resignations of teachers, Tom DeAtley effective Aug. 1, 2016 for retirement and Lindsey Hedge, substitute teacher, effective Oct. 5, 2015.
The board also approved the employment of Pamela Nuss as part-time special education aide under classified contract and employment of certified substitutes for the current school year, Braylon Boling and Sue Fulton.
The employment of classified substitutes for the current school year included: Carly Jenkins as Aide, Aleisha McCleese as bus driver, Larry D. Newman as custodian, Calla Schutte as an aide, and Ralph (Junior) Shiveley Jr. as a bus driver.
Supplemental contracts for 2015-16 were Jerry (J.R.) Kirker as Volunteer Assistant Girls Basketball coach at WUHS, and Angela McGraw as high school yearbook advisor at the OVCTC.
Family Medical Leave for the 2015-16 school year for Jane Hughes from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3, Kristi Thoroughman from Oct. 6 through Nov. 21, Andrea Wamsley from Sept. 28 to Dec. 1, and Julie Weeks Oct. 19, 2015 Intermittent.
Administrative advisory issues considered included the
S.A.T.H. District Fellowship for the current school year at $200.00 membership.