WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Twin Valley Community Local Schools Board of Education held its December meeting last week, during which they received reports regarding the new year, and the Student Success Program’s involvement during Christmas.
Leslie Bassler, the Student Success Liaison for TVS, began the administrative reports. Bassler reported TVS is actively serving 23 families, with 62 students being provided for. Bassler added, 100 students will be receiving support for Christmas in 2022, with the help of a great deal of community supporters, including Roselius Insurance, Twin Valley Bank, TVS National Honor Society, TVS FFA, Alpha Kappa Sorority, New Paris American Legion Post 360, Reynolds and Reynolds, Salem Lutheran Church, St. John Church, and the Twin Valley Elementary Staff, along with numerous other anonymous donors.
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Bassler dispersed 25 “Bags of Hope” to 10 different families in need. These bags were supplied by National Trail FFA, who provided a large quantity of the bags around Preble County to help feed families in need.
According to Bassler, an estimated 100 students received school supplies from the TVS’ “Back to School” program at the beginning of 2022. TVS also offered free haircuts to students, with volunteer aid from Beth Bassler, Jamie Sarver, Jasie Sarver, and Taylor Mowell. West Alex Food Pantry, Roselius, First Impression Wear, St. John Church, St John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem Lutheran Church, Sons of the American Legion Post 322, and numerous anonymous donors all contributed to help provide all of the needed supplies.
Bassler expressed that she feels positive about the program, as it is her third year providing for the families of TVS.
“I help alleviate any non-cognitive barriers to students and families so they can be just as successful in our educational environment as everyone else,” Bassler concluded.
In other business:
• The board recognized OSBA and WOAC Students of Excellence, who according to Superintendent Scott Cottingim, “represented TVS well.” The OSBA Student Achievement Fair Student Representatives were Luke Cross, Kaylee Lipps, Logan Mershon, Logan Wells and Kiturah White.
The board also recognized their student athletes’ achievements. WOAC 1st Team Varsity Girls Soccer students were Valen Burkett and Rylee Ray. WOAC 1st Team Boys Varsity Soccer students were Jake Sarver (Co-Player of the year,) Mason Hundley and Easton Kurtz. WOAC 1st Team Varsity Football students were Brayden Koeller — Linebacker (Defensive Player of the year,) and Cole Bishop — Return Specialist.
• The board approved a donation from St. John Church in the amount of $340 for the Twin Valley South Lunch Fund.
• The board received and reviewed the mid-year discipline report. “It looks a little different than in years past,” remarked Cottingim. He explained that under the direction of TVS’ new principle, Doug Dunham, the report now includes a number of minor offenses, such as verbal warnings.
“I will tell you, numbers wise, from mid-point this year to mid-point last year, our number of school suspensions is up a little bit. Could be a bad thing, could be a good thing,” he said. Cottingim believes the issues will “level out” and not pose a problem.
• Cottingim informed the board that TVS, like every school in Preble County, was not selected as part of the OFCC School Safety Grant, an initiative passed by the Governor.
The Twin Valley Community Local Schools Board of Education holds a meeting on the fourth Monday of every month, at 100 Education Drive, West Alexandria, in the school Media Center, at 5:30 p.m.
Reach Nathan Hoskins at 937-683-4057.