Rising Sun looking to offer online school and increase career center attendance


     The Rising Sun Ohio County School Board have asked superintendent Branden Roeder to do some marketing the idea of offering online school.

   Roeder said the purpose would be to allow current home school students to receive a Rising Sun diploma while continuing to stay at home.

Roeder plans to meet with administrators to determine guidelines for those students to take part in extracurricular activities.

   Roeder reported that in 2014-15 Rising Sun had 16 students going to the career center. Next year there will be 41. Roeder said that was one of the board’s goals when he was hired.  Rising Sun is one of three schools, out of 12 at the career center, which has showed an increase, noted Roeder. “We were one person away from sending students on a mini-bus,” he pointed out.

   An eighth grade field trip has students getting a tour and they are able to get hands on learning when they visit again as sophomores.

   The first ever Southeastern Career Center in state history was held last week.

    Roeder noted that he is attempting to put together a collaborative effort to install new light poles on the old little league field. The school will buy and poles with the utility department putting them up. He hopes the city can help with installing the electric lines under ground.

   In other business, books were approved from Pearson for grades k-5 and Edmonton for grades 6-12.

   Bids were approved through the Wilson Center for fuel, bread and milk. Laughery Valley Coop, Klostermann and Prairie Farms were awarded the bids.

  Lunch prices will remain the same next year.

   The board approved the purchase of a Risograph for $4995 to be able to copy on card stock. The current copier is 18 years old. “The top is duct taped on,” Roeder added.

   Chairs and desks are being sold as junk for $5. The school will be selling around 600 old Microsoft Surface devices for $25 at the end of the school year.

   The board received the resignations of Dave Selmeyer and Debbie Doolittle.

   Tim Phelps was hired as reserve basketball coach, replacing Brian Graham who resigned earlier.

   Victoria Stewart was named assistant girls soccer coach.

   The board discussed the first reading of the student handbooks which are being changed to coordinate rules between the high school and Ohio County Elementary Middle School such as six days absence.

   The next meeting will be June 14th.

Final Week

   The final week of school has the National Junior Honor Society heading to the Aquarium on Friday, May 25th.

    Preschool graduation will be Tuesday at 9:00 followed by Kindergarten Graduation at 12:30.

    Eighth grade graduation is at 1:30 Wednesday at Rising Sun High School.

   Rising Sun High School Awards Day is Thursday at 1:00

   OCEMS Awards Day is Thursday also.

   RSHS Graduation is at 2:00 Sunday, June 3.


The Ohio County Elementary Middle School hosted its annual PTO Carnival on Friday, May 18th. Art teacher Katherine McMonigle showing off pottery skills and students visited the bookstore.


Teachers and aides took part in helping with games including cake walk and a trip to candy land. Students manned games including face painting in earing community service points.