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

Fulfilling a decade old promise

For inquiring minds that want to know, it is not with funds from the Permanent Improvement levy passed a year ago this November. It is with funds designated almost three years ago at the final closeout of the elementary school building project when Mr. Pat Kimble was Superintendent and Mrs. Vivian Armour was Treasurer.

Over a decade ago, the RULH Board of Education and the Superintendent made an agreement with the village of Ripley to build a shelter house structure on school grounds at the conclusion of the new elementary school building project. This agreement was made in exchange for the village donating the land that was then in use as a park for the new school. As many citizens of Ripley will remember, the old park included restrooms and a small shelter house.

The next logical question is why has it taken so long as the elementary school has been occupied for several years. The biggest reason is that although the elementary building has been in use, the building project with the state didn’t close until Feb. 20, 2013 due to a variety of legal issues with the roof.

These concerns were finally addressed and Mr. Kimble and Mrs. Armour both saw the building project through to its conclusion and close out with the state. Shortly after that, Mrs. Armour retired and, about six months later, Mr. Kimble did the same. With the subsequent changes in superintendent and treasurer, it took some time to put together the pieces and move forward.

Once the school district’s new treasurer Mr. Jeff Rowley and myself had been advised of the need to fulfill this decade-old obligation, we discussed the project with the village, then contacted an architectural firm, K-4 Designs, to design the structure and begin the initial steps as required by Ohio law. When finished, the structure will include a shelter area, small restrooms, concession room, and storage. The completed structure will be located to the east of the basketball court, in the grassy area between the playground and US 52. We will also be incorporating into the structure a memorial marble water fountain that was donated to the park area years ago in memory of a former Ripley student.

I have talked with various area residents about the old park and shelter house, and understand from those conversations that there are many good memories of the park and its facilities being used for family events and group picnics like Little League and church groups. I hope the new structure can be used for many years by similar groups for future activities.

The facility will also be of great use to the elementary school for many outside educational activities, such as science experiments, reading and writing activities, and math labs, as well as field days and other special events. I think there will be no shortage of school and community groups wanting to use the structure for a variety of worthwhile events.

The final structure will measure 42 x 34.

Here is the proposed drawing of the new shelterhouse next to the RULH Elementary School. is the proposed drawing of the new shelterhouse next to the RULH Elementary School. Submitted photo

By Linda Naylor

RULH Superintendent

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