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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
Valley View’s school board hired Benjamin Richards as its new superintendent, effective Aug. 1, at a special school board meeting Monday night.
Richards is currently director of communications and community outreach, as well as student services coordinator, for Southwest Licking Local Schools, a roughly 4,000-student district just east of Columbus.
He was chosen from a group of 21 applicants, after interviews with eight semifinalists, according to the district.
“Mr. Richards’ overall experience and his track record as a district-wide administrator and as a principal made him a strong candidate from the beginning,” school board President Angie Valenti said in a district statement. “We believe he has the energy and expertise to work collaboratively with the board, the staff and the community to help establish an exemplary vision and direction for the future.”
Valley View’s previous superintendent, Richard Earley, resigned at the end of 2017, after three-plus years with the district. Joe Scholler, a longtime educator who was previously superintendent for the Arcanum-Butler, Mississinawa Valley and Tri-Village districts, is currently filling in as interim superintendent.
Valley View schools have had some turmoil recently, as the community was sharply divided over — and eventually rejected — a levy proposal to build new schools with state funding help. Last fall’s school board election was also tense, over issues of finances as well as politically and religiously controversial posts on one candidate’s social media account.
The Valley View job will be Richards’ first as a superintendent. According to a statement from the Valley View district, Richards served as principal of Southwest Licking’s Watkins Memorial High School from 2010-16 before moving into his current roles.
He has also worked as a high school assistant principal and teacher in Olentangy schools, teaching English, speech and drama.
Richards, a 1999 graduate of Ohio Northern University, is married with two children who will attend Valley View schools in the fall, according to the district.
“I am excited about becoming part of the community and helping the district focus on doing what is best for children,” Richards said in the district’s statement.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures rebounding into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Skies will be cloudy with snow likely, especially south. The snow may be heavy with accumulation likely depending on the storm track. Highs will hold in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.
Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. Temperatures will rebound to near 50 degrees.
Tuesday: Milder temperatures arrive but so will the threat for showers. Highs will top out in the middle 50s.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
A group of Florida junior high school students lost their final flag football game of the season Thursday, but they won an equal opportunity fight for boys and girls.
Forget powder puff. Armoni Peppers knows how to play with the boys.
"She's awesome. I love her," coach Bobby Burke said. "She's aggressive. She can catch."
Peppers tried out for Brevard County’s Odyssey Charter School's junior high flag football team and made it.
"It makes me feel good, and also, it gives me muscle mass and stuff," the seventh-grader said.
But after several games, the Space Coast Christian Athletic Association told her that girls can't play on the team.
"At first, I was, like, kind of sad," she said.
"She was very upset. She was crying," Kimberly Peppers-Coney said. "I said, 'We're going to work on this.'"
The 12-year-old walked up to her final game Thursday in uniform, but the league's athletic director told her that she couldn't go on the field.
The athletic director declined an on-camera interview, but said that two years ago, the association voted to make football a boys-only sport and volleyball a girls-only sport.
"If they established that, I was never told that," Burke said. "The actual A.D. of our school didn't know that."
The league's athletic director said the rule keeps girls from being grabbed in their genitals or losing their pants by accident.
"That should be my decision," Peppers-Coney said. "I keep her fully dressed. She wears another outfit underneath her uniform."
The uniforms that the Pepper family wore Thursday carried a clear message -- and it worked, because the opposing team's coach gave the OK and the league let Armoni play.
"I think with the presence of having us here and the media they have allowed her to play today," Peppers-Coney said.
Next season is up in the air for now, but Armoni's dreams go far beyond the field.
"Flag pulling is easy," she said. "But, like, tackling -- I could do that easier."
Peppers plays like a girl -- one without limits.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:22 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Two suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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