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Ridgemont makes more progress on building project; three teachers hired

The Ridgemont School Board (pictured) covered many items at their monthly meeting Thursday night in the high school library.

The board recognized the April Teens of the Month - Bailey Wagner and Aaron Shepard. Both of them plan to attend college after high school. Wagner will seek a degree within the Agricultural Field while Shepard will pursue Sports Management or Physical Training. Both students have been excellent role models for the Ridgemont community and school by donating hours of time and talent to a variety of causes ranging from Food 4 America, church, and service-learning projects such as Quilting for the Crossroads Crisis Center.

Boy Scouts from Troop 131 with leader Dave Ramsey came to learn about how board meetings are conducted. Superintendent Emmy Davis took time to share the rules and procedures.

PK-12 Update

Superintendent Davis shared details of 16 design meetings which have been held in the last week-and-a-half as groups of district personnel, students, and community members begin to sort through the details of different school spaces. Decisions related to storage, athletics, family consumer science, agriculture education, and flooring are in the works after these meetings. The meetings were well attended. Within the next three to four weeks, the district will finalize schematic design.

The board also approved resolutions to enter into agreement with Stone Environmental Engineering & Science to begin well work at the section of the current high school which will be used even after the new facility is completed. Additional resolutions were passed to begin soil testing for possible geothermal wells at the new site and for professional design services from SHP: Leading Design.

The Golden Gopher

With 80% of the feedback from the community supporting the current mascot, the board of education has decided not to discuss the possibility of a mascot change. Superintendent Davis shared how proud she was of the opportunity to demonstrate the democratic process for the students. She said, "It is important for our young people to understand how to engage all of the stakeholders and make decisions that support the majority. Although this was an emotional discussion, listening to the input of the community and the students allowed us to hear both sides, understand all facets of the proposal, and make a decision for Ridgemont as a whole. It is fabulous to work in a place with such pride, strength of character, and love of heritage. Go Gophers.”

Ridgemont Graduation

The Ridgemont Board of Education was pleased to approve the list of graduating seniors pending all state and local requirements are met prior to commencement. 33 students will walk across the gym floor on May 24th at 7 p.m. with the Ridgemont staff, parents, and community cheering them on.

Personnel Changes

The Ridgemont Board of Education approved several contract renewals for one year. Two classified staff members received two-year contracts. Three new staff members where approved, including Angela Stemen, first grade; Teresa Doran, K-12 music; and Araina Johnson, high school science.

The board approved four internal transfers moving Amanda Wood to 7-12 Technology, Teresa Swartz to 4-6 Technology and K-12 Special Education, Cheri Vance to K-3 Technology and Title I, and Jessica Kroetz to elementary principal. The board is excited about what each of these individuals brings to their positions. With these personnel changes, Ridgemont also approved a two-year contract with WOCO (Western Ohio Computer Organization) for EMIS Services and the Hardin County ESC for Preschool Disability Services. Finally, the board approved a variety of supplemental contracts gearing up for the next school year.

Government End of Course Exams

As required by Ohio Revised Code, the Ridgemont Board of Education voted to create and implement end of course exams in American Government until the state superintendent selects one which will be enforced for the state. Superintendent Davis gave her thanks to 7-12 Social Studies teacher Jason Robinson for his efforts in this area.

The Ridgemont Board will meet again on Thursday, May 23rd at 5 p.m.

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