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 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber RULH NHS welcomes new inductees K-9 Units and handlers visit RULH High School EMS members honored for service Road work on Ripley streets to begin

RULH Board holds July meeting

The regular meeting of the RULH Board of Education was held July 15 at the Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Elementary School with the following members in attendance: Jeff Cluxton, Glenda Huff, Barry Sims, Jeff White and Jeff Wilson. Also present were Dr. Linda Naylor, Superintendent; and Jeff Rowley, Treasurer; various employees and members of the public.

After saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the board retired to Executive Session for matters of employment and legal issues.

Upon returning from Executive Session, the board reviewed the Superintendent’s monthly report. Of particular note was the completion of the updated Emergency Planning documents by each building and the district office and the filing of these with the state. Recent changes to state law required that these plans be reviewed and updated, and filed with the state.

The previous board meeting’s minutes and the current financial report of all financial systems of the school district, as presented by District Treasurer Rowley were approved.

The Superintendent’s report and recommendations were as follows: Under Facilities and Transportation, the board authorized the Superintendent to approve all bus routes and designated stops necessary for the 2015-2016 school year.

No action was taken under Education, Curriculum, and Instruction.

In Personnel, the board approved supplemental contracts for the following LPDC members: Aric Fiscus, Linda Douglas, Patricia Skaggs, Paula Ormes, and Karen Dunn. Cheryl Roberts, Kathy Turner, and Carolyn Deaton were approved as building lead cooks, and Kathy Turner was approved as a district lead cook.

The board non-renewed all supplemental contracts held by nonteaching employees during the 2014-2015 school year. Extended days per the teachers’ contract were approved, and supplemental contracts were awarded for the A+ Coordinator at each building. The National Board Honorarium for Michael Scanlan was approved. The board approved certified tutors for the 2015-2016 school year.

The following athletic supplemental positions were approved: Amanda Beetem-High School Varsity volleyball, Jean Ellen Miller as High School JV volleyball, Richard Applegate for High School Boys and Girls Track, and Jordan Maiberger as partial High School Athletic Director.

Resignations were accepted from Roman Weber as bus driver, Bob Polley for eighth grade Girls Basketball, Lisa Imbus for Intervention Specialist, Tara Lawson for eighth grade Science, Matt Lawson for sixth grade Science, Lynea Cameron for High School Science, Al Diedrick for sixth grade Math, Tracy Lindner for sixth grade ELA, and John Young for Music.

Under new hires, Lauren Gardner was hired as an Intervention Specialist, Justin Birchfield was hired for eighth grade Science and Social Studies, Heather Butler was hired for sixth grade Math, Brett Prince was hired for sixth grade ELA, and Cassandra Burris was hired for sixth grade Science and Social Studies. Patricia Streetman, James Malone, Colette Smith, and Jessika Taylor were hired as substitute bus drivers pending certification, and Leslie Jones was added to the classified substitute list. The board also adopted the Brown County certified and classified substitute list for the upcoming school year and approved updates to the district’s classified substitute list.

Under Administrative/Advisory, the board approved revisions to the RULH Coaches Handbook and RULH Student Athlete Handbook. The board adopted the USDA Nutritional and Smart Snack Guidelines and the board approved the 2015-2016 Student Handbook. The final actions under administrative/advisory were to rescind the resolution for adopting a calamity day alternative make-up plan adopted at the May meeting due to changes in Ohio Revised Code references, and to approve the revised resolution for adopting a calamity day alternative make-up plan for the 2015-2016 school year.

Additional discussion was held on progress on exploring the feasibility of establishing a varsity softball field at the Middle School since the current field is frequently flooded during softball season. The board also reviewed the progress on planning for the construction of a concession stand/restroom building at the elementary school near the high school varsity baseball field. Currently, the district is waiting to see the cost estimate for the proposed project before making a decision to move ahead. This project was agreed to between the district and the village at the beginning of the elementary school building project when an existing shelter house/restroom structure was torn down to make room for the new school building. The funds being used for this project were part of the elementary building project.

Under new business, the upcoming Capitol Conference sponsored annually by OSBA in Columbus on Nov. 8-11 was discussed.

A tentative date of Aug. 5, was selected in the event the board needs to hold a special meeting for additional personnel issues and other items of business that might come before the board. The next regular meeting date is 7 p.m. Aug. 19, at RULH Elementary School in the Early Childhood Center.

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Numerous new staff are hired

Submitted by Jeff Cluxton

President, RULH Board of Education

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