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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.


Say “thanks!” to our school board members during School Board Recognition Month

posted Jan 9, 2018, 10:38 AM by Scott Gates

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



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.


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.

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.

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