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Ridgemont Board hears update on progress of new building (Audio included)

The Ridgemont Board of Education got an update on the current progress on the new building Thursday.

Superintendent Emmy Davis said there was an envisioning day on January 16th with staff, alumni, business people, and community members. The group looked at what school will look like up to 40 years out. The district aims to make decisions about the building design related to the trends the group thought about for the future during the envisioning day.

The board then passed five motions with legal regards to the building process. The board passed motions to select a testing agent for materials and services and a commissioning agent. The board also delegated Superintendent Davis to enter into agreements with the commissioning agent and OSFC.

The 2013-2014 calendar was approved at the meeting. Classes for Ridgemont will be beginning on a Friday, August 16th. Davis explained that starting after the 15th of the month would save the district and new employees on insurance premiums. On an instructional side, it will give students a chance to get acclimated with school before starting the first full week of classes.

The board approved the retirement of high school Biology, Physical Science, and Anatomy teacher Karen Simon. Karen is retiring after 35 years in education including 34 years with Ridgemont Local.

Superintendent Emmy Davis discusses the meeting.

Katelin Furer and Andrew Scharf were recognized as February Students of the Month and Toshia VanBuskirk and Josh Corbin were honored as January Students of the Month.

Seventh-grader Amaya Cummins read her essay that won the Elks sponsored Americanism Essay Contest. Amaya is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) student and has been working on her writing skills this year. 

Fifth-graders Nate Arseneau, Sean Bennett, and Gage Furer demonstrated their robot that they designed, built, and programmed.

The board accepted a donation from Quest Federal Credit Union in the amount of $3,670.40 to the Ridgemont’s Athletic Boosters for new chairs for the basketball teams during home games.

The Ridgemont Board of Education will meet again on March 28th at 5 pm.

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