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 Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 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

“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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