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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.


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.

Complete your back to school forms on FinalForms

posted Aug 9, 2017, 7:30 AM by Scott Gates

This year, Ross Local School District back to school forms are available to you online through our FinalForms site.  The link to this site along with a "parent playbook" on how to create an account and complete forms can be found on the Student Registration page of the website.  Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to find the information.  All returning students need to complete the forms through this site.  If you have multiple children, basic demographic information will transfer between children so you don't have to fill out the same information multiple times.  Lastly, this information will transfer from year to year so you don't have to fill out information each year. All you will need to do is double-check and update changes. 

If you are new to the district, please log on to FinalForms and complete forms for new students. You will also need to make an appointment with our registrar at Central Registration. 

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Set for Early August

posted Jul 12, 2017, 5:22 AM by Scott Gates

For the third straight year, the state of Ohio is offering a three day sales tax holiday to help residents save money on back-to-school purchases. The holiday runs August 4 through August 6. The following items will be exempt from sales and use tax; clothing priced at $75 per item or less; school supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and school instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less. The holiday also applies to mail, telephone and online purchases.

Ross moving to online registration through FinalForms for the 17-18 school year.

posted Jun 1, 2017, 6:01 AM by Scott Gates

The Ross Local School District is pleased to offer you a service that will save you time, improve delivery of services to your child, and also help our schools operate more efficiently. FinalForms is an online program that allows parents to complete and file most school and athletic forms electronically. When the system is fully in place in Ross Local Schools, parents will – for example – be able to fill out emergency medical forms, sign off on technology acceptable-use forms, register their child for a sport, and sign up for a student parking space all via computer. For families who don’t have access to a computer, the district will provide designated times when parents can use technology on a school site.


The system will go live on June 12, 2017 After that date, we ask that you and your son or daughter go to https://ross-oh.finalforms.com/and register for your FinalForms account. (Parents will have an account as will student-athletes in grades 7-12.) Once registered, you will be able to sign on to your account and see the forms you’ll need to complete to register your child for the sport. If you have already started an account through the athletic department during the 2016-2017, you will be able to use that account. The only form that you will still be required to print, sign and return to the athletic department is the OHSAA Physical Form. As in the past, it will also have to be completed by a physician. In the future Final Forms will automatically notify you when your child’s Physical Form needs to be updated.


A huge advantage of FinalForms is that information is stored from year to year and sports season to sports season. You will not have to re-enter information each year, but you will have the opportunity to update it.


FinalForms is already in use by more than 75 school districts and serves more than 73,000 Ohio students. It has proven to be safe, efficient and very easy to use. We’re pleased to add it to our menu of student services.

Sean Van Winkle fills open seat on the Ross Local School District Board of Education

posted May 11, 2017, 12:29 PM by Scott Gates

On Monday, May 1, 2017 the Ross Local School Board chose former Ross High School basketball coach and local real estate businessman Sean Van Winkle as its new board member. Two days later at the board’s regular meeting on May 3, 2017, Mr. Van Winkle was sworn in.

The board picked Mr. Van Winkle from 11 candidates who submitted applications for the open position. Mr. Van Winkle is married with two children.  He has served as Dean of Students in the Lakota Local Schools and is currently Hamilton High School’s boys basketball coach

Per state law, Mr. Van Winkle’s term will end on December 31, 2017. His seat is up in the November election and Mr. Van Winkle says he plan to run.

Ross Local School District Receives Auditor of State Award

posted Apr 10, 2017, 4:46 AM by Scott Gates

A recent financial audit of the Ross Local School District by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report.  Ross’ excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award.


The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:


·       The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles);

·       The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned cost;

·       The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:

o   Ethics referrals

o   Questioned costs less than $10,000

o   Lack of timely report submission

o   Reconciliation

o   Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit

o   Findings for recovery less than $100

o   Public meetings and public records.


Treasurer, John Kinsel, is very pleased with the award and credits the hard work of his staff and the entire Ross Local School District staff for being good fiscal stewards for our community.  

Ross Local School District Creates Hall of Fame

posted Apr 5, 2017, 12:11 PM by Scott Gates

The Ross Local School District is excited to share news of a newly created Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame will consist of five branches-academic, arts, athletic, community and a wall of honor for veterans.  Dr. Fred Southard met with Superintendent Scott Gates in early September 2016 to discuss the creation of an athletic hall of fame.  Mr. Gates’ desire to celebrate the successes of individuals in athletics as well as other areas was the spark needed in the creation of the new hall.


Dr. Southard stated, "When faced with the challenge, Superintendent Scott Gates, Ross High School Principal Brian Martin, and RHS Athletic Director Brian Gunter stepped to the plate and are leading the charge for a Ross Hall of Fame which will honor exceptional Ross athletes, arts participants, academic achievers who are making a positive impact on their communities and the world, military veterans, and community members. These three have been complemented by Ross Band Director Dick Roemer, Vocal Music Director Sterling Finkbine, and Ross parent/Butler Tech Program Supervisor Amy Webb in the formation of a program which will allow alumni and current Ross students the opportunity to reflect on the proud heritage of the Ross Local School District."


The timing for the creation of the Hall of Fame could not have been better as Principal Brian Martin stated, "Given the rich and storied history of the Ross Local School District, the creation of a Hall of Fame is long past due."


Nomination forms can be found on the Ross Local School District website under the Ross Hall of Fame link in Quick Links.  Nominations will be open through May 31, 2017.  The inaugural Hall of Fame class will be named in September 2017.  Activities to honor the class will take place in the fall with an official recognition ceremony scheduled in January 2018. 


Ross parent, Amy Webb, summarized the Hall of Fame best, "The Halls of Fame are a wonderful opportunity to recognize key individuals whose legacy has significantly contributed to the athletic, academic, social and cultural achievements and successes of the Ross Local Schools and community." 

Community Wellness Survey

posted Mar 6, 2017, 10:21 AM by Robin Baker   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 10:21 AM ]

The Ross Local School District Wellness committee wants to hear from you.  As we plan for the future, we want to develop wellness goals and objectives in the  areas the community thinks are important. Please take a moment to complete this short survey.

The survey will be open through March 17, 2017.

Scott Gates, Superintendent

Ross Local School District

Community Wellness Survey

Ross Staff Safety Training

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:27 AM by Scott Gates

During the month of March, Ross Local School District staff members will be participating in state mandated safety trainings.  These trainings focus on the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) framework for violent individuals or an active shooter.  Each building will complete three 40 minute training sessions before or after school presented by our SRO, Officer Renee Lutterbie.  Within these trainings, staff will participate in scenarios that mimic the need to utilize one or more of the ALICE components.  During the scenarios, Officer Lutterbie will be shooting blanks so staff can experience the sound a gun will make in their school. Students will be notified of the training dates and those students currently in the building during the trainings will not be in the vicinity of the training.  Please have a discussion about these trainings with your child as they may be in the school during a training and hear the sounds. The safety of Ross students, teachers and volunteers is paramount to us and we believe these trainings will help us prevent and prepare if an issue were to occur. If you have any questions regarding the trainings, please contact Officer Lutterbie at 513-863-1252.

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

posted Feb 9, 2017, 11:09 AM by Scott Gates   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 10:33 AM by Susan Genton ]

Kindergarten registration will be held at Elda on Tuesday, March 21st from 6:00-8:00 PM. In addition, parents may register students March 22, 23, & 24 at Elda from 9:30AM-3:00PM. Children who are five years of age before August 1st are eligible to attend next year’s kindergarten classes. Enrollment papers may be picked up prior to registration beginning March 7th.


Morgan Kindergarten Registration will take place in the Morgan Elementary School office on the following dates and times:
February 13, 15, 17 from 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
February 14 & 16 from 7:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
March 27, 28, 29, 31 from 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
March 30 from 7:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.


In order to register your child for kindergarten we ask parents to bring the child’s original birth certificate (a hospital record is not acceptable), the required immunization record, and any custody documents that will clarify divorce or other court ordered arrangements. Parents will also need to have residency documentation which requires one of the following:

1) either rent or house payment receipt reflecting your name and address or

2) Electric/Gas/Water/Utility receipt reflecting your name and address. If these are not possible then residency affidavits will need to be completed and notarized.

-No Exceptions

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