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Ross LSD Saves Taxpayers $2,043,589 through Bond Refinancing

 

 

On August 23, 2016 Ross Local Schools refinanced $8,950,000 in outstanding bonds originally issued in 2006.  Just like a homeowner can refinance their mortgage to take advantage of lower rates, a district can refinance their outstanding debt when interest rates move downward.  The refinancing of this prior debt will save the district approximately $2,043,589 over the next twelve years.  This savings will be reflected in lower property taxes to District residents over the life of the bond issue. 

 

The 2006 bonds were originally issued with an average interest rate of 4.31%.   The District was able to lock in historically low interest rates.  The refunding bonds were sold on August 23rd at varying interest rates, averaging 2.07%.

 

Through the refinancing process the District received confirmation of the District’s excellent Aa2 credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service.  The Moody’s credit rating report cited the District’s healthy fund balances, stable assessed valuation base, and favorable location in the Cincinnati metro area as factors for this excellent credit rating.

 

 RBC Capital Markets (Cincinnati) served as the underwriter for the refunding bond sale.

 



Student Chromebook Update

posted Feb 6, 2018, 10:56 AM by Tricia Kluener

For an update on the usage and recommended guidelines for student chromebooks please see the letter below. This letter will be sent home with students in grades 5-12 today (February 6) and was emailed to parents through Final Forms this afternoon. 

Dear Parents,


On Friday, the battery of an Acer Chromebook overheated causing the device to ignite.  As a result of this incident, all Ross Middle School and Ross High School students, even those with non-Acer Chromebooks, were instructed to leave their devices in lockers while the Technology Department contacted the manufacturer and determined the scope of the issue.


At this point, there are no known widespread issues or recalls which have been associated with the Acer devices.  According to the manufacturer, the Acer C720s have been in use for multiple years and the company has not seen any safety dangers or concerns with this model of Chromebook.  It appears that this battery issue is an isolated incident.


Yesterday, students at Ross High School were able to use their Chromebooks in their classrooms under their teachers’ supervision.  Today and moving forward, all students will be permitted to use Acers in the classrooms and to bring their Acer Chromebooks home.  Please note: the CTL Chromebooks are from a different manufacturer and there are no concerns with these devices.


As with any electronic device, there are several important safety precautions to take both at school and at home:

  • The laptop should be shut down when it is not in use.

  • Air vents should be clear of dust, lint, or any other debris.

  • The device should never be operated on a soft surface such as a pillow or even a child’s lap.  It should always be used on a hard, flat surface.

  • If the Chromebook begins to feel unusually hot, immediately shut down the device.


When your child is using his or her laptop at home, please ensure that these important safety procedures are being followed.  We will continue to investigate and monitor this issue.  If there are relevant updates, this information will be shared with parents.


The Ross Local School District is proud to be a 1:1 District. We appreciate your ongoing support.


Sincerely,


Scott Gates

Superintendent, Ross Local School


Ross Board of Education approves 2018-2019 school calendar

posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:11 AM by Scott Gates   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 6:12 AM ]

At the January 25, 2018 Ross Board of Education regular meeting, the board approved the school calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.  It can be found in the quick links section of the Ross website. 

Ross Local Schools Hall of Fame Inaugural Class Celebration Sold Out on Saturday, January 20, 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 12:03 PM by Scott Gates

There will be no walk up tickets sold for the Ross Local Schools Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.  

Winter weather will be here soon. Here’s what you need to know!

posted Dec 5, 2017, 4:53 AM by Scott Gates

It looks like the cold and winter weather is just around the corner. Decision making around instruction and budgets are critical to all, but when weather conditions impact our classrooms, decision on whether to cancel school receives as much attention.  

Ross Local Schools does not make these decisions lightly. Instructional time for our students is precious and crucial to their academic success, and we will do everything in our power to protect and maximize that time.  Further, we recognize that when school is cancelled we disrupt the learning schedules and home routines of thousands of students and families.

In the end, however, any decision to close school must be based on one factor and one factor only: the safety of our students and staff.  We cannot and will not compromise the well-being of our children.  

As superintendent of our school district, I will not call a snow/calamity day based on a weather forecast.  I will call a snow day/calamity day based on existing weather conditions such as significant snowfall or dangerous wind chills.  I will make the call based on the area’s ability to make streets passable and our maintenance staff's ability to make our schools accessible and our parking lots clear. When hazardous weather arrives in our community, we will consider the safety of students and the ability of the school buses to get to the schools. We will get out and drive the streets/roads.  We will be in contact with the local townships, county officials, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) and our police departments.  We will also be in contact with other school district superintendents and transportation directors.

My goal will be to make a decision by 5:00 a.m.  If we are getting hit the evening before and are confident we cannot have school the next day, we will make the call by 9:00 p.m. When the temperature gets below -10 degrees, area superintendents will convene through conference call to discuss options for staying open or closing. When the decision is made we will send automatic phone messages that reach all of our families and staff members and we will contact all local radio and TV as well as posting information on our website and other social media. Please make sure you have updated your contact information with the school your child(ren) attend so it can be uploaded to our One Call Now messaging system.

We will make decisions about snow/calamity days with thoughtful, well-researched and conscientious practices and procedures. That is our promise to our community.  

Ross Local Schools Hall of Fame to Induct Twelve into Its Inaugural Class

posted Nov 8, 2017, 6:11 AM by Scott Gates

During the 2016-2017 school year Ross Local Schools created the Ross Local School Hall of Fame.  This Hall of Fame has five branches: Academic, Athletic, Community, Fine Arts, and a Veterans’ Wall of Honor.  Dr. Fred Southard presented the idea to Superintendent Scott Gates in the fall of 2016 and from there the Hall was born.  Each branch of the Hall of Fame has a committee that reviews applications for induction into the Hall.  We are very pleased and honored to present the Ross Local Schools 2018 Inaugural Class.

 

Academic Hall

Dr. Lary Walker, Class of 1968

                             Research for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease

 

Community      

Mr. Walter Wurzelbacher

40 plus years of service with the MRAA (Morgan Ross Athletic Association)

Fine Arts          

Mr. Dan Moonitz

During his thirty year career he propelled the band to a level of excellence that has become known in the community as the "Band of Class," and started the bands thirty-three year tradition of performing at State Marching Band Finals.                        

 

Mr. Tony Cecere, Class of 1964

Made his career in the movie industry as a stuntman/stunt coordinator, actor, and assistant/second unit director in southern California. During his thirty year career, he performed stunts in over 100 films and television movies.

                            

Ms. Patricia Ganz

Pat Ganz spent her entire teaching career at Ross High School where she created the theatre arts department.

Athletic                           

Mr. Jim Wessel, Class of 1954

All State Quarterback and quarterback for Xavier University

                            

Mr. Jay Bachman, Class of 1963

Offensive line for Ross Football; played football for the University of Cincinnati and then for the Packers and Broncos in the NFL

 

Mr. Tyler Minges, Class of 1998

Baseball State Player of the Year 1998; drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1998

                            

Mrs. Kayla Bush, Class of 2000

Girls soccer All American and Gatorade National Player of the Year; played at University of Tennessee and was team captain as well as first team all SEC

 

Ms. Angie O’Farrell, Class of 1989

Basketball all time leading scorer (boys and girls); continued her career playing at Georgia Tech

 

Mr. Jake Richards, Class of 2002

Cross country and track state qualifier four times; state champion in the 800 meter; ran track at the University of Cincinnati where he was named team captain

 

Mr. Randy Smith, Class of 1980

Boys’ basketball all-time leading scorer; lead Ross to the 1980 State Basketball Championship

 

Induction weekend begins Friday, January 19, 2018 with the inductees being introduced at halftime of the home varsity basketball game against Mt. Healthy.  The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton.  Ticket information will be available on the Ross Local Schools Hall of Fame website found on the Ross Local School District website.

A Community Conversation on Addiction

posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:24 AM by Scott Gates

Ross Township Administration and Ross Local Schools are collaborating to raise awareness of addiction and provide community education aimed at prevention and treatment. Learn about the impact addiction has on our community, and how to overcome addiction through education and prevention.

This event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ross High School Performing Arts Center. Speakers for the evening include Steve Miller, Ross Fire Chief, Jack Tremain, Ross Police Captain and Greg Corban, Community First Solutions

Attendees may also explore the Butler County Coalition for Healthy, Safe and Drug-free Communities “Hidden in Plain Sight” traveling exhibit at this event.  This interactive display features an average teenage bedroom, and is designed to help parents identify ways that teens may hide drugs, alcohol, or other risky behaviors.

Hollywood Comes to Ross

posted Oct 23, 2017, 10:54 AM by Scott Gates

On Monday, October 23, 2017 the Ross Local School District Administration Building was used for a scene in an upcoming movie called “Donnybrook.” Tim Sutton will direct "Donnybrook," which is adapted from the 2013 crime noir novel of the same name written by Frank Bill. The movie will be the fourth feature film for Sutton, who previously directed "Pavilion," "Memphis" and "Dark Night."  Actors used a locker room underneath the gym bleachers to shoot the scene. 

Speed limit to be decreased from 55 mph to 45 mph in front of RHS and RMS

posted Oct 16, 2017, 8:42 AM by Scott Gates   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

In the winter of 2017, the Ross School District Safety Committee asked the Ohio Department of Transportation to complete a speed analysis in front of the RHS/RMS campus.  There was concern that 55 mph was too fast in front of the campus.  We are very pleased to announce that ODOT has approved the change! The speed limit on SR-128 will be changed to 45mph from ODOT log points 2.14-2.71. This is the area of SR-128 in front of the Ross High School and Ross Middle School. ODOT is currently completing a work order to get the signs ordered and installed. It may take 6 weeks to get the signs ordered and delivered to our county forces to install. The new 45mph speed limit will be official once the signs are installed.

Curriculum Department Presentation

posted Sep 12, 2017, 10:30 AM by Tricia Kluener

On August 24, 2017, the Curriculum and Instruction Department presented an overview of the department's short-term and long-term work.  Please use this link to access the presentation.

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