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 Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient MHS honors veterans during pregame Kirker Covered Bridge gets a ‘Brown Goose’ facelift Adams County Heritage Days are Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Lady Devils prevail 1-0 over Peebles on Kickin’ Cancer Night Senior Profile: Patrick Baldwin Michael W Milby James R Grooms Sr. Fall Festival crowns Little Miss and Mister UPDATE: Pike County multiple murder Investigation; redacted autopsy reports released West Union Elementary names August Students of the Month SHAC streak continues for North Adams volleyball West Union volleyball picks up a pair of W’s Animal Shelter booth sees record crowds at Old Timer’s Day Festival Dragons top Manchester in Defender Bowl battle, 28-22 Senior Profile: Kendall Gallowitz Lady Dragons grab early lead in SHAC Tourney, final round is coming Friday Another Old Timer’s Days in the books and successful Run Gio Foundation to hold Oct. 1 benefit in Adams County Betty L Kelley Tom Cross, ACTVB Director, to receive ODNR Cardinal Award Seaman Fall Festival begins Wednesday, runs through Saturday Dragons still lead after two rounds of SHAC Golf, McCarty tops individual leader board Lady Dragons get SHAC win, downing Fayetteville 3-1 Overcoming obstacles, Pennywitt etches his name in MHS record books Dragons take first day lead in SHAC Golf Tourney New drug treatment offers more hope for recovering addicts Ronnie G Nace Lucille Wright Lois M Bixler Time to change those soccer rules Senior Profile: Hannah Grimes ‘Cruising up and down the main drag all night long’ Community effort erects town clock S Bridge to be replaced on Graces Run Road Senior Profile: Brittany Caldwell Lady Dragons break ACCC course record Dragons roll in county gridiron battle Down to last play, Hounds fall in heartbreaker I never won, but those lawn games were special times Donnie Austin Shari R Hiltibran Bentonville hosts 40th Annual Harvest Festival West Union soccer teams sweep Williamsburg, St. Patrick “Rockin” the mats again Senior Profile: Brittany Caldwell Sylvester Mefford Local teens selected to State 4-H Teen Leadership Council Connect with Serpent Mound over Old Timer’s Days Guthrie to speak about pests and diseases in beekeeping Old Timers Days Festival Cornhole Tournament is this week Defender Bowl coming Thursday Bentonville Harvest Festival holds Toddler Pageants 40th Anniversary Bentonville Harvest Festival hosts Baby Show 9/11 Reminds Us That We Are All Americans Lady Dragons are 2016 County Cup winners Bob Birchfield Senior Profile: Ryan Henderson Dragons take JV golf match Another rough night for Greyhounds, Notre Dame rolls to big win Remembering 9/11-15 years later Hughes honored at GABP Concussions and Youth Sports Roberta Newman to retire after more than 46 years at First State Bank Reaching out to the Baton Rouge flood victims Bentonville Harvest Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary Fire it up! Annual Jr. Fair BBQ cooks up another savory fare Lady Indians take down Whiteoak in four sets Senior Profile: Zack Best Greyhounds produce three winners at the 2016 Dragon Run Lady Hounds win in five sets at West Union Teresa Houdeshell Rosa Grooms Roy C Shiveley Mathew R Potts Staggs and Louiso to visit nation’s capital MLSD board members disagree on the merits of drug-testing students
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OVSD Board news

Keeping students safe was among the issues OVSD school board members addressed in their Feb. 11 meeting.

The board voted to hire Don Rabold of the Brown County Education Service Center (BCESC) as a security consultant.

Ohio’s Education Service Centers work with school districts to increase student achievement and improve the educational system.

Rabold, a retired law enforcement officer who has served with the Ohio Sheriff’s Patrol and the Ohio State Patrol, has been with the ESC since 2004. He is a certified trainer of the ALICE project (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) the nationally renowned training course that teaches the steps students and employees should take if an assailant enters a building or a classroom.

Board member Judy Campbell said, “The safety of our students and the security of our facilities is of utmost importance to the leadership of the Adams County Ohio Valley District. Don Rabold brings with him a wealth of experience in this area. Last school year he aided our district in tightening up security and this year he will be doing professional development with the staff on preparedness in case of issues including review and practice of safety drills.”

The board approved emergency management plans for the district’s administrative office, high schools, elementary schools, and Career and Technical Center. The plans cover a variety of emergency protocols designed to keep students, employees, and visitors safe, including evacuating buildings (fire drills), taking shelter from severe weather, and lock-downs in the event of violent threats.

In addition to addressing safety issues, the board also took action to resolve some of the district’s education, infrastructure, and transportation needs.

The North Adams Elementary waiver application, which enables the school to meet student’s needs, was approved.

Track & Field athletes at North Adams and Peebles high schools will be running on new tracks following the board’s decision to accept bids to replace the old ones, which over the years have degraded from normal wear and tear.

The board also voted unanimously to purchase four-81 passenger buses, and one-65 passenger bus.

Extended field trips approved by the board included: CTC students to Columbus for SkillsUSA on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27; Peebles Elementary to Woodland Altars on May 12-13; WUHS Beta Club to Columbus, Ohio on March 30-31; WUHS Boys Varsity Soccer to Ohio Northern University on Feb. 27-28; and the WUHS Varsity Cheerleaders to Parkersburg, West Va. on May 25-27.

Several changes in staffing were approved by the board.

Certified substitutes hired for the 2015-16 school year were Robert Chandler, Michala Day, Mary Johnson, Ciera Seaman, and Pamela Wallingford.

Classified substitutes hired were Rachel Barrick and Kimberly Moss.

Resignations were accepted from Carly Bryant, Speech and Language Pathologist, effective June 1, 2016, Andrew Frowine, Substitute Teacher, effective Feb. 1, 2016, Donald Rahe, Substitute Teacher, effective Jan. 25, 2016, and Ciera Seaman, Substitute Teacher, effective Feb. 8, 2016.

Supplemental contracts approved for the 2015-16 school year included: Joseph Kramer, Varsity Baseball Coach WUHS,Dawson Little, Jr. Varsity Baseball Coach WUHS; Jason Little, .5 High School Track Coach WUHS; Scott Lovett, Varsity Baseball Coach PHS; M. Douglas McFarland, Varsity Softball Coach PHS; P. Dayne Puckett, Volunteer Assistant Boys Basketball Coach PHS; Ty Stephens, Jr. Varsity Baseball Coach PHS; and Tyler Wilson, High School Track Coach PHS.

The board entered Executive Session to discuss the compensation of a public employee or official.

Members of the Ohio Valley School District met at the CTC in West Union
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ACOVSDboard.jpgMembers of the Ohio Valley School District met at the CTC in West Union
Members take action to ensure student safety

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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