Rainsboro Elementary School Principal Maggie Lyons highlights what's happening at Rainsboro during Monday's school board meeting. (Photos by Angela Shepherd.)
Rainsboro Elementary School Principal Maggie Lyons highlights what's happening at Rainsboro during Monday's school board meeting. (Photos by Angela Shepherd.)
By Angela Shepherd
GEVS


The Rainsboro Elementary School cafeteria was full on Monday, Nov. 22 with parents and their students during the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education meeting, which focused on student recognition.

Rainsboro Elementary Principal Maggie Lyons started things off with a few highlights of the school for board members Currently, there are 198 enrolled at Rainsboro and a total of 36 staff members. There are two classes for each grade, she said, except the fifth grade class, which is larger than the other grades.

This year, as with other buildings in the district, began the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program which seeks to support good behavior by defining and communicating clear expectations and rewarding students when they show that good behavior.

Lyons also talked about the PAWS program – which represents pride, a good attitude, wise choices, and safety. When students earn PAWS, which are displayed near the office for all to see, they go toward building-wide goals like special parties for all the students.

The Veterans Day programs by Rainsboro and Buckskin fifth-graders, and led each year by music teacher Victoria Mikkelsen, were also highlighted. Each building in the district does something to honor veterans each year, with the two outlying elementaries putting on a song and poetry filled performance for veterans.

The fifth-grade honor choir performed next. It’s comprised of students from both Buckskin and Rainsboro elementaries and led by Mikkelsen.

Mikkelsen said the children recently performed their concert, which the Greefield district was able to host this year. There were nearly a dozen schools involved, she said, with more than 100 elementary students and nearly 90 junior high students, not only from Greenfield, but several surrounding counties.

Honor choir students each year come together and learn songs all day, then perform a concert. Mikkelson showed some footage from the day, the McClain High School stage with risers full of students, all led by a director of the Cincinnati Youth Choir.

At Monday’s meeting, the Buckskin and Rainboro fifth graders lifted their voices in a three-song performance for the board members and family members present.

Next came the recognition of fall athletes who had received league and/or district recognition in their sport. Those were: Wes Potts - boys golf FAC all league and player of the year, district tournament team qualifier, first team all district, and academic all Ohio; Iva Easter - volleyball FAC all league and honorable mention all district; Evelyn Vanzant - volleyball FAC all league and honorable mention all district; Luca Matesic - girls soccer FAC all league and first team all district; Macey McCune - girls soccer first team all district; Andrew Newland - boys soccer FAC all league and first team all district; Jase Allison - boys soccer FAC all league and second team all district; Braden Wright - football FAC all league and first team all district; Andrew Potts - football FAC all league and special mention all district; and Landen Eubanks - football first team all district.

In other business, consent agenda items approved included an agreement with Adena, which provides the district its athletic training; the resignation of Annemarie Brier as girls swimming coach; and paying Keith Penwell as head football coach for the portion of the season where he performed the duties of that position.

• On another matter, the board approved a separation agreement between Jacob Orr-Zody and the district, effectively ending his tenure with the school district on Dec. 1. Included in the agreement are details pertaining to wages and insurance premiums due to be paid to him.

According to the agreement, Orr-Zody and the board have determined it “is in the best interest of each of them to resolve all issues related to Orr-Zody’s employment” by entering into the agreement.

Employment recommendations as approved were: Meshelle Dean - aide; Lora Brooks - aide/monitor; Haley Anderson - aide/monitor; Lauren Dowden - aide/monitor; and Keegan Rawlins - varsity wrestling coach assistant.

The Greenfield Exempted Village District School Board of Education is scheduled to meet next on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the new gym lobby. For information and updates, go to the district website at greenfield.k12.oh.us or go to the district’s Facebook page. The individual buildings also have Facebook pages. The district’s central office may be reached by calling (937) 981-2152.