Henrick steps down as Superintendent of Ridgemont; new staff hired at board meeting


The Ridgemont School Board met Thursday night and the meeting was dominated by staff.

The board accepted the resignation of six employees, including Superintendent Sally Henrick, effective at the end of the 2021-22 contract.

Midwest Regional ESC’s Scott Howell has been approved as acting superintendent.

The other employees who have resigned are:

Anthony Fink – 7-9 Social Studies/English Language Arts

Tammy Kissell – K-6 Principal

Samantha McCullough – Response Specialist

Tobin O’Reilly – 7-9 English Language Arts

Katrina Riepenhoff – 5th year

The board hired Nick Stuck as the junior/senior high school principal and Tana Mull as the elementary principal on two-year contracts. The two principals worked to get everything ready for the students to start strong.

Mr. Stuck has served as a teacher in the districts of Ridgemont, Findlay City, White Hall and Kenton City. Mr. Stuck is a graduate of Ohio State University, Ashland University and Concordia University.

Ms Mull was a teacher at Marion City Schools and graduated from Ashland University.

The board has hired seven new teachers with one-year contracts beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

Angela Arthur has been approved as a Language Arts/English teacher for ages 9-12. Ms. Arthur received her degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and The Ohio State University. Ms. Arthur has teaching experience in the Columbus area.

Madison Geyer has been approved as an English/Language 7-9 teacher. Ms. Geyer received her teaching degree from Bowling Green State University.

Tara Neer has been approved as a 9-12 year old English and Language Arts teacher. Ms. Neer received her teaching degree from The Ohio State University.

Araina Johnson has been approved as Director of Student Services. Ms. Johnson has taught high school science at Ridgemont, Auglaize Co ESC Online, Focus Learning and Ohio Hi-Point. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, the University of Toledo and The Ohio State University.

Matthew Stemmer has been approved as a 7-9 social studies teacher. Mr. Stemmer received his teaching degree from Bowling Green State University.

Andrew Trihaft has been approved as a teacher of social studies, government, and American history for ages 9-12. Mr. Trihaft received his teaching degree from Ohio Northern University.

Luke Taviano has been approved as ½ sporting director – ½ coach/helper position. Mr. Taviano is a graduate of the University of Bluffton.

An agreement with Christine Jeffers was approved to assist the district with programming. Lynda Vermillion has been approved as a regular bus driver for the 2022-2023 school year.

The following additional contracts for the 2022-2023 school year have been approved:

Assistant Football Coach – Rene Essex

Assistant Football Coaches – Don Galbraith, Bobby Snyder and Mike Bell

JH Football Head Coach – Mike McGue

JH Football Assistant Coach – Jace McGue

Orientation 20 days – Araina Johnson

JH Fall Cheerleading Advisor – Nikia Rudasill

Quiz Bowl Advisor – Danielle Webber

Senior Class Counselor – Danielle Webber

District Testing Coordinator – Araina Johnson

The approved volunteer assistant coaches for the 2022-23 school year are Bob Stuck and Nick Stuck for men’s basketball and JT Taviano for soccer.

In other council news, Shared Service Agreement with City of Kenton Schools for Special Education Services approved for 2022-23 school year and SRO contract with Hardin County Sheriff has been approved for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.

A resolution was passed declaring that transportation was impractical and a service exchange agreement with Ohio State University Marion was also approved.

The following have been approved for season passes for the 2022-2023 school year:

Family – $250

Individual – $100

Student – $50

Seniors in the Neighborhood – Free *See below for instructions.

HS Soccer Pass – $30

HS Pass VB – $45

JH Football Pass – $15

JH VB Pass – $35

Booster Officers Activities – Complimentary Athletic Director Passes

* Individual Senior Passes – Free passes to all home sporting events for all seniors 62 and older who currently live in the Ridgemont School District will be available through Hometown Tickets online. Current Senior passes from school year 21-22 will be valid for school year 22-23. Beginning August 8, senior citizen passes will be available at the Visitor Center with proof of residency and age (driver’s license, Golden Buckeye card, passport, etc.) for those who require a new seniors pass.

For the Department of Transportation, the 2022-2023 Bus Driver’s Handbook has been approved, along with all bus drivers, school-owned van drivers and alternate bus drivers for the year school year 2022-2023. Classified substitutes and teacher substitutes have been approved for the 2022-2023 school year as well as the salary of substitutes has been approved.

The CCIP Assurances for the 2023 financial year have been approved and the Ridgemont Activities Boosters have been approved. Teacher payment has been approved for Title I, PBIS, and professional development for new teachers. The 2022-2023 Staff Manual has been approved.

Kate Wingfield has been approved as a delegate for the OSBA Annual Business Meeting and Matt Jennings will be the alternate.

The new track surface is progressing and construction of the Ridgeway Building preschool rooms is also progressing.

The Welcome Center is now open to enroll students. Information on the schedules will be sent to you shortly by email. Parents must register and update current student information on final forms for the 2022-23 school year. Please ensure that all bus information is updated as we are working on new bus routes.

The Open House for K-12 students will be on Monday, August 15 from 4-6 p.m. to come meet your teachers, drop off your supplies, pay tuition and, for ages 7-12, recover their Chromebooks. More information will be sent closer to the event.

The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 17. School hours will remain the same, doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and classes will start at 8:30 a.m. Departure will be at 3:15 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up will remain the same.

Lunch prices and requests for free and reduced lunches are on the school website under Departments and Food Services.

More information about the 2022-2023 school year will be posted on the Ridgemont School website and shared with parents through ParentSquare closer to the start of the next school year.

Upcoming calendar

Wednesday August 17 – First day of school

Monday, September 5 – No School (Labour Day)

Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, September 9 – No School – Enjoy the Hardin County Fair!

Monday, September 12 – No School – Teacher Professional Development

Friday, October 21 – No School – Teacher Professional Development

Thursday, October 20 – End of the first scoring period


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