Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

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

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

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