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 Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee Venture Hawks and Sheriff’s Department square off on Feb. 12 Cecil R Dupree Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week Star Wars costume exhibition coming to Museum Center

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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