Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

Eastern Local appoints Forsythe to board

It didn’t take long for the Eastern Local Schools Board of Education to find a replacement for their vacant seat on the board.

At their June meeting on Tuesday, June 9, the board appointed Debora L. Forsythe to take the place of Jeff Ratliff, who unexpectedly announced his resignation just five months and a half months after being appointed.

Forsythe, the assistant director of the Brown County Child Support Enforcement Agency, said that she was approached to fill the seat by Eastern Local Superintendent Michele Filon. And while many board members serve while they have children in the school system, Forsythe decided that now with her only child having graduated, it’s a good time to get involved and make a difference to the next crop of students entering the school system.

“I’m a big supporter of Eastern,” Forsythe said in a phone interview. “I had given it some thought a couple of different times throughout my daughter’s (Alexa Forsythe) time at Eastern, but it wasn’t until after she graduated that I took it seriously. I thought it would be a good opportunity.”

Forsythe has been very involved in the community and the school district in the past, though mainly on the coaching side for the school. She’s coached the varsity girls basketball team, as well as stints with the elementary and junior high school girls basketball teams, but she’s ready to take an active role in the decision making process for the district.

Forsythe didn’t have any goals or plans that she’d ultimately like to see approved, but she did hope that the school system focuses on keeping more students on campus. A number of students across Brown County take part in post-secondary enrollment options, whether at nearby community college or universities, or at Southern Hills Career Technical Center.

She admitted that PSEO is the right option for some kids, but she worries about some of the kids missing out on the quintessential high school experience.

“I would like to see us reaching towards keeping more of our students on the campus,” Forsythe said. “We’ve got great teachers there who are willing to jump in and continue their education to teach those classes.”

Forsythe wasn’t the only member of her family discussed in the board meeting.

The board approved the resignation of Debora Forsythe’s husband, Dennis Forsythe, after eight years of coaching, the last five of which were as the head coach of the Lady Warriors varsity softball team.

Dennis Forsythe announced his resignation following the end of the 2014/2015 softball season, with his team finishing as district runners-up. He resigned in order to focus on his antique furniture business.

The board also approved a number of other matters on the agenda at their June meeting.

The board agreed to a contract with Triple M Roofing of West Union to do roof repairs on the district office and the Eastern Middle School gym. The district office roofing repairs will cost $18,500 and the gym will cost $30,000.

The board approved a five-year leasing contract with Cincinnati-based office supplies company ProSource for school copy machines beginning on July 1, 2015.

The board approved a contract with Peebles-based Arrick’s Propane from July 1, 2015 through March 31, 2018. The school district can purchase propane from Arrick’s Propane for a fixed price of $1.20 per gallon.

The board also renewed their insurance through the Ohio School Plan for $50,140 from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

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