OVSD Board holds August meeting

The Ohio Valley School District school board held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Board members, John Lewis, Judy Campbell, Kent Bauman, President, Richard Seas, Superintendent; Charlie Bess, and Tom Reed and Treasurer Tina K. Hageman were all present.

The board approved the Tuition Rate for the 2015-16 school year. The rate was set at $1,907.27 by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

There was a discussion about the Peebles PTO request to build a shelter house next to the elementary school. The structure will be large enough to house individual classrooms for activities taking place during school hours.

The TAG students’ (grades 3-6) field trip to Chicago, ILL was approved.

The board approved the CEC Agreement to determine the cost of a proposed walkway that would run between the West Union High School and the elementary buildings. According to OVSD Facilities Manager, Steve Wolfe, the walkway would serve as a fitness trail like those at North Adams and Peebles. It would be available to students, staff and the public and would also allow students involved in extra-curricular activities and mentoring programs to move from one building to another more easily.

The walk will run from the south end of the elementary parking lot to the north end of the high school parking lot. It also will anwer safety concerns about moving students from one building to another in the event of an emergency. Architects for Civil Environmental Consultants (CTC) will determine the costs.

Superintendent Seas and the Board presented OVSD bus driver Kieth Williams with a Certificate of Recognition. Williams’ bus was involved in a head-on collision on April 30, 2015. He was commended for following procedures and keeping the students on the bus calm and safe until help arrived. OVSD transportation supervisor, Larry Bennington and OSHP Trooper Josh Baker were also present and praised Williams for his actions and quick thinking. (For more on the Williams recognition, see page 1A of the Sept. 2 edition of The People’s Defender.)

The board then entered executive session.

The board approved the hiring of Alexander Jones, Austin Kingsolver, Christina Mitchell, Michael Morrison, Jennifer Ray Ogden, Denise Ann Rudd, Brenda Lee Tolle, and William Winchester as classified substitutes.

The Employment of Certified Contracts for Angela Henderson, April Henderson, Rachel Herman, Christina Nelms, Matthew Potts was approved.

Supplemental contracts approved included: Adam Farus as Wilson Children’s Home Tutor, Michael Felts as Junior Class Advisor/Prom Coordinator, WUHS;,Rachel Herman as .5 Varsity Golf coach, NAHS, Tess Holloway as National Honor Society and Science Fair director, WUHS, Jay Kevin Hunter as varsity boys soccer coach, WUHS, Austin Kingsolver as Assistant Varsity Boys basketball coach, WUHS, Keisha Lewis as Junior Varsity Girls volleyball coach, NAHS, Scott Lovett as .5 Athletic Director PHS, Amber Lung as volunteer assistant golf coach, NAHS, Ethan McCarty as Junior High Boys 8th grade basketball coach, WUHS, Jalynn McClellan as Junior High Girls 7th and 8th grade volleyball coach, NAHS, Ashlee Moore as Junior High girls volleyball coach, WUHS, Melanie Ohnewehr as Science Fair director, OVCTC, Jamie Puckett as high school year book advisor, WUHS, C. Shannon Staggs as volunteer assistant basketball coach and volunteer assistant softball coach, NAHS, Trina Stapleton as Junior class advisor/prom coordinator, NAHS, Tyler Stephens as .5 Athletic Director, PHS, Helen White as Wilson Children’s Home tutor, Tyler Wilson as varsity golf coach, PHS, and Jamie Young as .5 varsity golf coach, NAHS.

The board approved FMLA for Joan Weir, Aug. 19-28, 2015.

The board also accepted and approved the resignation and separation agreement of Randall Hogge, effective Oct. 27, 2015.

The OVSD board’s next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Carreer and Technical Center.

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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