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Ridgewood Board of Education hears updates from school administrators

| November 23, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE – The Ridgewood Local School District Board of Education met at 6:30 p.m. for the annual record commission committee meeting. All requirements of Section 121:22 of the ORC and implementing rules adopted by the board were complied with for this meeting.

The finance committee meeting was held at 6:45 p.m. and all requirements of Section 121:22 of the ORC and implementing rules adopted by the board were complied with for this meeting.

The regular board of education meeting was held at 7 p.m. with all members present and the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting.

Public participation was held with David Apple addressing the board concerning A.L.I.C.E training.

Administrative presentation was given by Matt Colvin, athletic director and high school assistant principal summarizing information about all fall sports.

The board of education recognized the West Lafayette Elementary Pre-School Program for receiving a five star award rating for Step up to Quality. This program promotes early learning and development principles and is given through the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Job and Family Services.  The following staff members were recognized: Teachers – Carolyn Wilson and Jamie Henderson; teachers’ aides – Terri Allen, Heather Knicely and Becky Selders.

Ridgewood Middle School Principal Trista Claxon reviewed the Veterans Day Program held on Nov. 11 at the middle school. Over 50 veterans were served breakfast, recognized for their service and treated to the program “The Many Faces of Old Glory,” by Vane Scott. Other upcoming events at the middle school include the drama club performance of “The Second Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the middle school. Three Ridgewood Middle School students were recognized as winners in the Patriot’s Pen Essay sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The prompt was “The America I Believe In”.  Those winners were: Bryce A. Gibson, Carah J. Mladek, and Karissa M. Gress.

Todd Stoffer, high school principal updated the board on current and upcoming events at the high school. College appreciation day was held on Nov. 16. This event showed high school senior students how to apply for college and finish their FAFSA’s and college scholarships. The high school faculty wearing their Alma Mater colors and some college admission officers assisted them. Ridgewood Music Department Christmas Concerts will be held Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. for the middle school performance and 4 p.m. for the high school performance. The annual senior citizen luncheon will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling the high school at 740-545-6345 by Dec. 9. The high school performing arts will present “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the high school performing arts theatre.

The treasurer’s report was given and approved. Superintendent Mike Masloski recommended and the board approved the following items:

  • An updated substitute teacher’s list
  • Classified Sub – Ed Huff bus driver and custodian after 12-3-2016
  • Volunteer list for various school
  • Supplementals for: Darrell Ball – Asst. HS Girl’s Basketball; Leroy Bethel – Asst. Boys Wrestling; Dan Erb – HS Head Boys Golf Coach (2017-2018); Sue Davis – Seventh Gr. Girls Basketball; Lester McCurdy – Eighth Gr. Girls Basketball
  • Front and Center Turf Co. for a three year contract.
  • Additional teaching periods for Jennifer Shanks, Elem. Music
  • Early Graduation Request for a student for 2017
  • Resignations from the following employees: Matt Shannon, Justin Howell and Ed Huff.
  • New and Revised Policies as listed.
  • Acceptance of sealed bids for district items advertised for sale.

Supt. Masloski also gave an update on HB 89 concerning new requirements for graduation in 2018.

Old Business included an update on the restructuring of the high school library into a 21st century media center. Results of recent water testing showed the levels to be acceptable by the state and local health departments.

The next board of education meeting will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 a.m. at the administration building at 301 S. Oak St.


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