Lewis recognized by EHS Athletic Dept. Western Brown wrestling team tops Tigers in regular season dual Broncos even at 3-3 Lady Rockets blast past CCP, fall to Bethel-Tate Angela L Shuler John C Otten Grace Pedigo plays cello for class at RULH RULH fourth grade math class hard at work RULH MS students visit Aronoff Center Fifteen indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17

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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