The Adams County Ohio Valley School District Board of Education met on Thursday, March 27 for their regular meeting at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center.
Members present and answering to their names on roll call were as follows: Mr. Bauman, Present; Mrs. Bess, Present arrived at 7:03 p.m.; Mrs. Campbell, Present; Mr. Lewis, Present; Mr. Reed, Present.
The board began the meeting by the recognizing the accomplishments of local athletes. First to be awarded were the West Union High School and Junior High cheerleaders for placing first in the district competition for a second year in a row. Those awarded in the Junior High program include Sara Case, Athena Chamblin, Alyssa Cochran, Emilee Davis, Kim Frashe, Braydan Gaffin, Morgan Henry, Brooklyn Howelett, and Kaitlyn Welch. The High School cheerleaders include Sara Baldwin, Cassidy Blythe, Chasity Boldman, Jerica Estle, Taylor Grooms, Alicia Harmon, Mackenzie Harover, Shelby Hobbs, Hannah Howard, Hunter Jones, Kennedy Jones, Haley Knauff, Krista May, Savannah McFarland, Miranda Mowen, Haylee Pell, Madelyn Sanders, Kelsea Silvia, Erin Sininger, Madison Welch, Christa Williams, and Kelsey Young.
The board then recognized Natasha Barr of the West Union Lady Dragons for winning All SHAC, All State Honorable Mention, and for scoring 1,000 career points. James Sellars of the West Union Dragons was recognized for All SHAC.
The Peebles Lady Indians Varsity Team was recognized for their accomplishments as league champions, sectional champions, district semi-finalists, and McDonald’s Holiday Tournament winners. The team includes Chrislyn Hamilton, Story Kremin, Aubrey McFarland, Sasha Peacock, Gabby Rose, Josey Scott, Sierra Stone, Eliza Tipton, Kaitlin Toller, Alex Unger, Jessica Shelton, Jessica Sowards, Brooke Justice, Sidney Pell, Baylee Wallace, Assistant Coach Ty Stephens, and Head Coach Vohn Hoop.
The Peebles Indians Boys Varsity Team was also recognized for their accomplishments as league champions, sectional champions, district champions, regional semi-finalists, and McDonald’s’s Holiday Tournament winners. The team includes student atheletes Tucker Schmitz, Camron Gordley, Scout Kremin, Tyler Ryan, Jacob Gross, Brady Johnson, Ryan Brown, Spencer Kelley, Beau Justice, Cody Ireton, Zach Arrasmith, and Eric Schmitz, Assistant Coaches Dave Parrett, Brett Justice, and Richard Smalley, and Head Coach Josh Arey.
Coach Arey noted that his team was also in the Top 5 in Division 4 in the state in grade point average among all team members.
The meeting proceeded to new business after the recognition. A procedural motion for the approval of expenditures and the financial report was passed unanimously, including donations from Milestone Benefits Agency, Inc. for Scholarships totalling $3,000.00, and William Herkamp donating $4,000.00 to NAHS Science Lab.
A motion for the adoption of new social studies textbooks for grades 7-12 was given unanimous approval after discussion. The old textbooks are worn out and the seventh grade lacks replacement books, having just enough for each current seventh grade student.
A three-year contract with Synovia for the Synsurance GPS and Routing software was approved. This software will be placed on the school buses and will allow for buses to tracked accurately to the point of school officials being able to see if a bus is speeding or failed to stop at a stop sign.
The school board held a presentation regarding the implementation of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee in the district. Discussion was held regarding the specifics of the guarantee and its application in the Adams County/Ohio Valley School District.
Discussion was held over the changes made to the student handbook and the tobacco use policy on school grounds. Mrs. Charalena Bess stated that she wanted to clearly mark a distance of 25 feet away from the school so visitors will know they must stand that far back from the school if they wish to use a tobacco product.
The board then convened into executive session, before adjourning at 10:42 p.m.
Paul Hannah can be reached at (937) 544-2391.