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Welcome new superintendent Dr. William Rice
Mandy Rice

Ross Local School District is excited to announce the selection of Dr. William Rice as the new Superintendent after his unanimous approval by the Board of Education at the special meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

Dr. Rice brings a wealth of experience and dedication to education, making him an ideal candidate for this role. Born outside of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Rice grew up in northwestern Ohio before moving to Cincinnati to begin his teaching career. He holds a Bachelor's degree in History from The Ohio State University and earned his Master's in Education from the University of Findlay. Dr. Rice later obtained his administrative license and a second Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

With a passion for educational leadership, Dr. Rice has served in various roles, including assistant principal at Pleasant Run Middle School and Mason High School, principal at Fairfield High School, and most recently, as the Assistant Superintendent for Fairfield City Schools since 2022. He is deeply committed to fostering a culture of excellence and opportunity for all students.

Dr. Rice and his wife, Mandy, along with their three sons, have been active members of the Ross community for nearly 12 years. They are deeply involved in community activities and have contributed to the betterment of youth in various capacities.  Dr. Rice is a member of the Ross Lion's Club, and the Rice family attends White Oak Christian Church.

In response to his appointment, Dr. Rice expressed his gratitude and commitment to the Ross community: "I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff and students of the Ross Local School District. As a community member for almost 12 years, I love the spirit and willingness of this community to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of our youth. I promise this community that I will give you my all, working to ensure the best educational experience for every student."

The Board of Education's unanimous approval of Dr. Rice's appointment underscores his dedication to fostering a culture of excellence and opportunity for all students. RLSD Board President, Mr. Greg Young, shares, "The Ross Board of Education is very pleased to welcome Dr. Rice as the new leader of our school district. He is a highly experienced school administrator, a solid decision maker, and will promote the interest of our community in maintaining an excellent school district."

Dr. Rice will officially assume his new role on August 1, 2024.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. William Rice to the Ross Local School District family. Together, we look forward to a bright future for the Ross Local School District under his guidance.

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  • Elda Elementary School
  • Morgan Elementary School
  • Ross High School
  • Ross Intermediate School
  • Ross Middle School
Ross High School ranks in US News & World Report
Mandy Rice

On April 23, 2024, US News & World Report released their annual evaluation of America’s public high schools.

Ross High School was again the top rated Butler County school and was the only county high school to crack the top 100 in Ohio on US News & World Report’s 2024 Best High Schools list. This report reviewed nearly 25,000 high schools across the country and Ross ranked in the top 10% in Ohio and top 11% nationally.

“This is a testament to the dedication and excellence of our entire school community. It's not just about numbers or rankings; it's about the hard work, passion, and commitment of our students, staff, and families. This achievement reflects our collective efforts in providing a well-rounded education that prepares our students for success in the ever-changing world. We’ll continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.” - RHS Principal Brian Martin

View the full report on Ross High School here.

  • Ross High School
RLSD SRO and SSO staff members
Mandy Rice

School safety has become a critical focus in education in the 21st century, and providing safe schools is fundamental to the success of the Ross Local School District.  Not only are Ross students achieving academically, but they are doing so in a safe manner.

There are many layers to providing a safe school environment involving physical, mental, and emotional factors, and the district has implemented various strategies to effectively address them.  The ultimate, district-wide goal is to proactively serve students in overall health, maintaining day-to-day safety protocols, while preparing staff and students for any potential safety challenges.

Each of the Ross Local school buildings is staffed with an armed officer or security officer.  The School Resource Officer (SRO) and four School Security Officers (SSO) do a great job in protecting students and staff.  Not only are they visible each day and building positive relationships with students, they also provide safety training for staff.  Additionally, they lead monthly safety drills with staff and students followed by conversations on what went well and where improvements can be made.

Superintendent, Chad Konkle shares, “Our model of having an armed officer in every school building is very important for our community.  We are thankful for the outstanding work by our officers to keep us safe.  Not every school district has this model.”

To maintain and improve the mental and emotional health of students and staff, the RLSD curriculum department and school counselors have implemented a comprehensive mental health plan.  Catalyst Counseling is a third-party organization that works with families and students to better navigate any mental health issues.  Because of this partnership, school counselors, who are academic counselors, can refer mental health issues to the trained therapists with Catalyst Counseling. 

RLSD also uses curricular programs such as Second Step (K-5) and Sandy Hook Promise (K-12) to provide students with practical tools and strategies for managing mental and emotional health.  In addition, RLSD has developed a strong partnership with 1N5, a nationally recognized, non-profit mental health organization to guide the process in developing a system to monitor and maintain student and staff wellness. 

Finally, Ross Local School District wrote and secured a grant in the amount of $500,000 in funds from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Governor Mike DeWine’s Safety Grant program.  Each of the District’s 5 buildings received $100,000. These funds were used for physical security expenses such as security doors, cameras, radios, ballistics film, interior signs and other upgraded items. 

Students, families, and community members play a pivotal role in school safety as well.  If at any time the safety of a student, staff member or school may be in question, the Safer Ohio School Tip Line is available as an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours-a-day.  Things to report to the tip line include (but are not limited to):

Bullying incidents;
Withdrawn student behaviors;
Verbal or written threats observed toward students, faculty or schools;
Hazing;
Weapon/suspicious devices on or near school grounds;
Gang related activities;
Unusual/suspicious behavior of students or staff;
Self-harm or suicidal sentiments; and
Any other school safety-related concerns.

Thank you for partnering with the Ross Local School District to keep our schools safe.

Ohio Safer School Tip Line 844.723.3764


 

  • Elda Elementary School
  • Morgan Elementary School
  • Ross High School
  • Ross Intermediate School
  • Ross Middle School
RLSD Superintendent Search with staff photo
Mandy Rice

The RLSD Board of Education formally acknowledged the resignation of Superintendent, Dr. Chad Konkle, effective June 30, 2024, at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 18, 2024. Dr. Konkle has served as Superintendent since 2020, and his leadership and dedication to our district have been instrumental during his tenure. We sincerely thank Dr. Konkle for his service and wish him the best in his new position at Little Miami Local School District.

We understand the significance of this transition and want to assure the community that the Board of Education is actively in the process of filling the Superintendent position. To conduct the search, the Board has contracted the Butler County Educational Service Center, ensuring a thorough and professional approach.

The Butler County Educational Service Center team has already begun the search for our next superintendent. They've consulted with our administrative team, representatives from the teaching staff, and support staff to gain insight and start identifying potential candidates. Interviewing candidates is now underway.

The successful candidate must possess the following leadership qualities and management qualifications:

  • Strongly committed to a “student first” philosophy in all decisions.
  • Visible, innovative lead educator who champions an all-around education, (vocations, social-emotional, wellness, the arts, athletics) and supports ALL students to reach their potential.
  • Articulate and straightforward communicator with strong interpersonal skills who demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively with board members, staff, students, parents, community leaders, and state officials.
  • Possesses excellent people skills, presents a positive image of the District, and will take input and make a decision when necessary.
  • A leader who will keep the Board fully informed and current with matters about the schools, one who works based on mutual trust and mutual respect.
  • Willingness to become an active and contributing member of the school community.

Find more details about the search here.

It is the goal of the Board to have a new superintendent hired by the end of the school year in order to have a collaborative transition period with the current Superintendent, Dr. Chad Konkle before beginning officially on July 1.

More information will be shared as the Butler County Educational Service Center continues the work involved in its proven process.

  • Elda Elementary School
  • Morgan Elementary School
  • Ross High School
  • Ross Intermediate School
  • Ross Middle School
FCCLA students installing sign
Ross Local School District

Recently, you may have noticed eye-catching signs in front of Ross Middle and High Schools along Route 128. These installations are the result of the proactive efforts of Ross Middle School students, who took part in the national program, Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety, under the banner of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

Their initiative aimed to raise awareness among 16 to 18-year-old drivers, as well as the wider driving populace, about Ohio's new Distracted Driving law, which came into effect last year. This legislation prohibits the use of handheld devices while driving. To amplify their message, the students produced a compelling public service video and launched a sign campaign. They collaborated closely with the Ross Township police department, seeking their support and expertise.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to these students for their unwavering commitment and tireless efforts in executing a project that profoundly impacts the community. Their dedication has not gone unnoticed, as they have been rightfully recognized with an award of $1,250 for their exceptional work.

FCCLA students installing sign
Ross Township police officer and students installing signs
  • Elda Elementary School
  • Morgan Elementary School
  • Ross High School
  • Ross Intermediate School
  • Ross Middle School