District Leadership Team Participates in Poverty Simulation


The District Leadership Team participated in a poverty simulation facilitated and presented by The Herlihy Group affiliated with the University of Cumberlands. Participants had the opportunity to participate in a three hour simulation while living a month in the life of a family member who lives in poverty. Each family member had to seek assistance from a variety of human resources and services to provide for their family's basic needs during the course of four "15 minute weeks". The purpose of the simulation was to assist stakeholders in having a better understanding of the challenges that students and families, who live in our communities, face everyday. The experience is designed to sensitize participants to the day-to-day realities of life faced by families with low incomes and to also motivate individuals to become more involved in activities and education to help reduce poverty in our country.

Summer Construction Work at ACOVSD


Several improvements are being made to the facilities and grounds of the the Adams County Ohio Valley School District over summer break. One of the bigger projects underway is the repair and improvement of the sanitary sewer pipelines that serve all of the buildings on the West Union Campus. A civil engineering report earlier this year identified several key sections of pipeline, some which are over 30 years old, that are in need or replacement. The school district has contracted with local contractor Unger Construction for the repairs. Unger Construction will also be correcting many storm water drainage issues while on site. Most of these storm water issues have been present for a number of years and have caused there to be a significant amount of standing water after large storms and have caused erosion issues as well.

We are engaging in construction projects at North Adams, Peebles, and West Union High School main offices that will improve building security by modifying the entrance lobby to the school. When completed, visitors to the high schools will enter a reception area and sign-in prior to being able to access the rest of the building.

Other projects happening this summer include the resealing and restriping of the parking lots at North Adams, Peebles, and West Union elementary schools, installing drop-ceilings and improving lighting and heating and cooling at the Oliver school building, and replacement of some key pieces of HVAC equipment at North Adams High School.

Bus Safety is Important at ACOVSD


The school bus mechanics and bus cleaners spend the entire summer preparing the buses for inspection. First round of inspections are complete and all 30 buses passed without any issues. The second round of inspections will be coming later this summer. Special thanks to the ACOVSD Transportation Department for making sure the buses are safe and ready to go before the start of the new school year.

County Farmer directs America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to North Adams Elementary School


Farmers Make a Difference in Rural Communities by Directing Donations from Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program to Local Nonprofit Organizations

  • The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to nonprofits across the US in 2017
  • Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $26 million to more than 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

Seaman, Ohio (April 27, 2017) – Adams County farmer, Ronald Purdin, has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to North Adams Elementary.

North Adams Elementary will use the funds to purchase additional chrome books for student use. [“We truly appreciate Mr. Purdin nominating our school for this donation. This $2,500 donation will help us purchase more technology to use with our students. It is our goal to someday have a computer for every student in our school,”] said, Deirdre Mills, North Adams Elementary Principal.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donationmakes in their community.”

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit www.GrowCommunities.com.

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern US Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award


The Franklin B. Walter (FBW) All-Scholastic Award was created in 1990 by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to honor Franklin B. Walter past Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio and to recognize one top student scholar from each county in Ohio. Franklin B. Walter served as state superintendent from March 1977 until August 1991.

Each year the SOESC honors one student from a local school district in Adams, Clinton, Fayette and Highland County to be the (OESCA) Franklin B. Walter Award Recipient. The Adams County recipient is Caitlin Young from North Adams High School.