Ridgemont Board of Education Releases Minutes of Thursday Meeting

The following was submitted by Ridgemont Superintendent Sally Henrick…

Although it was not our usual end of the school year, we made it! Thank you to all parents, students, and teachers for making it all work. I truly appreciate your patience, understanding, and determination as we moved from teaching students in the classroom to online learning.

As we wrap up this year, we are continuing to plan and prepare for next year as guidelines become available. Please continue to check social media and the school website for more information as we move forward into preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. We will share updates as soon as they become available.

You can find information on the following sites:

Ridgemont Local Schools: https://www.ridgemont.k12.oh.us/

Ridgemont Local Schools Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgemontlocal/

Ridgemont Local Schools Twitter: https://twitter.com/home

Also, please join us tomorrow night, Friday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. for the virtual graduation ceremony of the Class of 2020! We are very proud of them! Please check the school and social media.

The Ridgemont Virtual Board Meeting was held tonight. You can access the Board agendas and minutes at this direct link: https://go.boarddocs.com/oh/rid/Board.nsf/Public or by logging on to the Ridgemont Schools website.

Below are the highlights from the May Regular Meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

May 28, 2020 Board of Education Highlights

We recognize the Ridgemont FFA Chapter for being selected as one of the Top Ten FFA Chapters in the State of Ohio for the twelfth year in a row. At the state convention, our 120 member chapter competed with 310 other chapters. In addition to Top 10 Overall, they competed in all three divisions of Models of Innovation, divisions were Growing Leaders, Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture. The Board congratulates the Ridgemont FFA Members and their Advisors, Mrs. Stephanie Jolliff and Ms. Shelby Faulkner for this Exceptional Achievement.

Chapter Awards:

.Top 10 Chapter in Ohio

.Top 10 Chapter in Strengthening Agriculture and Building Communities

.#1 Chapter in Ohio in Growing Leaders

Star Awards:

.Cole McKinley was named Ohio’s Star State Farmer

.Nole Gerfen was named Ohio’s Candidate for Star American Farmer

Proficiency Awards:

.Mekenzie Jolliff placed 1st in the proficiency area of Accounting

.Mekenzie Jolliff placed 1st in the proficiency area of Agriculture Education

.Cole McKinley placed 4th in the proficiency area of Diversified Livestock

.Cole McKinley placed 2nd in the proficiency area of Small Animal Care and Management

.Rebecca Bash placed 1st in the proficiency area of Service- Learning

.Madisen Jolliff placed 2nd in the proficiency area of Service- Learning

Agriscience Fair Awards:

.1st Place – Animal Systems Division 3 – Mykenzie Lance

.1st Place – Food Products and Processing Division 4 – Callie Cromer and Mitch Jennings

.1st Place – Social Systems Division 4 – Whitney Bailey and Zoei Wilson

.1st Place – Social Systems Division 5 – Madisen Jolliff

.2nd Place – Environmental and Natural Resource Systems Division 4 – Destiny Chaffins and Gaby Shelt

.2nd Place – Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Division 4 – Brooke Nelson and Emma Smith

.3rd Place – Plant Systems Division 3 – Wyatt Furer

.3rd Place – Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Division 3 – Landyn Hijma

.3rd Place – Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Division 4 – Bradley Brown and Dylan Jenkins

State FFA Degree Recipients:

.Austin Elsasser

.Nikki Freshcorn

.Abby Hawk

.Gabe Hamilton

.Autumn Manns

.Kelsey McKinley

.Alli Underwood

.Collin Wallace

.Jeremiah Whitaker

Personnel

Addendum and a motion was rescinded to get the Treasurer and K-12 Principal of Student Life contracts updated and a 3-year contract was approved for the K-12 Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. A two-year contract was approved for a School Resource Officer with the Hardin County Sheriff Department. We are glad to be partnering with them again for an SRO at Ridgemont. Classified contracts were approved for Tami Freshcorn, Stan Schrader, James Shepherd, Dee Danieu, and Jo Warner.

Operations

Payment for teachers to work on curriculum was approved. A resolution was approved for payment of contracts through the closure of school was approved as well as all Spring Supplementals were non-renewed for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Shared Food Service Supervisor agreement was approved, as were the Third Grade Testing/Paper Format, Policy 3220 and Special Education agreement. More contracts were approved with Edmentum, Radio Repeater, and Great Lakes Biomedical. A Memo of Understanding was approved with OTES updates.

An additional graduate was approved to receive their diploma, congratulations to Alyssa Ruble.

The Ridgemont Board of Education and the Ridgemont Education Association have both approved a new negotiated agreement, the one year contract is effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The Board also approved the classified employees will have the same contributions toward insurance premiums in accordance with the 2020-2021 negotiated agreement for the certified employees.

Donations

The Ridgemont Board of Education accepted donations and took the time to thank the donors listed below for their generosity to the district.

.Thank you to those who donate scholarships and wish to remain anonymous, we appreciate your kindness and support!

.To the many anonymous donors throughout the school year-Thank you to all of those who donate lunch money, fees, memorials, classroom items, field trip help, and numerous other items and wish to remain anonymous, we all appreciate your kindness and support.

.Thank you to Bethanie Overly for donation to second grade.

.Thank you to the Ridgemont Activity Boosters for helping with the cost of the Senior Banners.

.Thank you to the William Britton VFW Post for the donation of American Flags for the Seniors.

.Thank you to the Mount Victory Community Improvement Committee and the village of Mt. Victory for allowing us to hang senior banners downtown during the month of May to honor our graduates.

.Thank you to the Ridgemont Public Library in Ridgeway for allowing us to hang the senior banner.

.Thank you to the Hardin County Emergency Operations Center for distributing washable masks made by The Original Mattress Factory for school staff.