Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown County communities for economic growth Ripley-Lieutenant Byrd Chapter/DAR looking for new members Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Narcan use becoming a source of debate nationwide Rick Eagan Memorial 5K, Saturday, May 20 Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor RHS students experience mock accident caused by drinking and driving Ripley Council discusses new Lidar system during April 25 session Warriors claim SHAC Div. I title in ‘run rule’ fashion Vilvens’ grand slam caps off Lady Rockets’ win over G’town Rockets lead SHAC Div. II at 9-4 WBHS dedicates new softball press box Rodney E Berry Erma D Painter Alma Cordes Ronald D Latham Economic development project planned Gerald P Morel Lady Broncos capture softball program’s 5th straight SBAAC American Division title Warriors on top in SHAC Division I standings Lady Broncos take first in Western Brown Track Invite Rockets leading way in SHAC Div. II James E Newman Paul E Funk Alan Hanselman Robert V Nash III Frances L Poole Minnie E Fisher Donovan M Pope Irvin E Stiens Myrtle L Lane Ralph L Davidson August J Pace Carl R Brown Phyllis J Beard Lady G-Men complete sweep of Tigers in SBAAC Nat’l Division G-Men pluck Cardinals, 6-4 Warriors climb to 4-1 in SHAC with victory over North Adams Broncos rally in 7th for 5-4 win over Batavia Blue Jays still in search of first win Annual meeting of John P. Parker Historical Society April 23 Boy Scout Eagle project underway at Ripley Library National Arbor Day event set for April 28 Higginsport enforcing speed with camera RULH Alumni dinner to be held on May 20th Joseph G Bennington Rockets fall to 4-1 in SHAC with loss to North Adams Bronco tennis team tops Bethel-Tate, 5-0 Lady G-Men rise to 7-4 with win at Goshen Lady Broncos’ big bats hammer out 11-0 win over Batavia G-Men showing improvement Keith Shouse Diane L Steele August Hensley Louise R Murrell 5th Annual Rick Eagan Memorial 5K Run/Walk coming up in May Birds of Prey Grant Days 2017 attractions John H Young II Sally A Gibson Barbara Burris Mary Ann Napier Martha L Newland Marlene Thompson Patricia A Firrell Kellie J Berry Mt. Orab, Hamersville students take part in ‘Hoops for Heart’ Eastern players take part in District 14 All-Star Games RULH Middle School bans cell phones Ripley Painters Spring Show April 7-9

“Chromebook for Every Student” now complete in Ripley

By Martha B. Jacob –

At the March 22 Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District’s Board of Education meeting, Russ Curtis, curriculum and technology coordinator for the school district gave his report  the state of technology updates  in the district.
He noted three major projects that were completed across the district.
“The finalization took place in late January of a Chromebook for every student in grades K-9, also known as the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative,” Curtis told the board. “Students have access to the Chromebooks daily in class and use them to learn new information and complete assignments.
“As state testing begins in early April, all students in grades 3 to 10 will be able to log in at the same time and complete the state test.”
Curtis said the second project he was working on was the new desktop PC’s purchased for the faculty and staff which were installed before school started in August. He said they have been greatly appreciated by everyone because of their increased speed and the updated programs.
“Our third project is the installation of an interactive whiteboard in all our classrooms,” Curtis said. “Teachers and students have access to these devices for class presentations, instruction and review. We have had significant upgrades to the district’s computer wiring which now allows for consistent and reliable access for all the new devices.”
In other business, Superintendent Dr. Linda Naylor shared her thoughts on the district’s first Strategic Planning Session, held on Feb. 23.
“The Strategic Planning Session was facilitated by Dr. Kevin Boys, President of Southern State Community College,” Dr. Naylor said. “Various members of our staff, faculty, parents,community and board were in attendance. It was a good beginning.”
Dr. Naylor also spoke briefly about the district’s participation over the past four years in the State Personnel Development Grant and participating in the final Community of Practice with other districts across the region to showcase activities initiated through the grant in parent-teacher partnerships, leadership and teamwork/collaboration.
She reported to the board that the recent Parent Advisory Council meeting was held on March 20 where principals and parents worked on developing new parent involvement activities for the 2017-2018 school year.
Each of the principals reported on the progress at their schools which included:
• progress of students in the class of 2018 regarding end-of-course exams and earning points required for graduation;
• 59.4 percent of the junior class have earned all needed points for graduation;
• more testing scheduled in April;
• upcoming Arbor Day celebration being planned.
Board treasurer Jeff Rowley asked the board for approval of a consultant’s contract at St. Michael through auxiliary funds as well as permission to engage the servicesof an independent inventory appraisal company to provide an updated inventory of district assets. The board approved.
The board approve a contract for additional concrete work to be done on the varsity softball field.
Employments included:
• Julie Blackburn as high school cook;
• Lori Blackburn  as bus driver;
• accepted resignation from Richard Applegate as Jr. High boys track coach, Bradley Cannon approved as his replacement;
• approved the nonrenewal of all supplemental contracts held by non-certified employees for 2016-2017 school year per the RULHEA Master Contract.

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