Bill Warnock Retires from Clay Board of Education

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, was the last Clay Local School District Board of Education meeting as a board member for Mr. Bill Warnock. He sat for his first board meeting in 1992. He was elected to seven terms by the voters and served the Clay community for 28 years.

He was on the board during the tenure of three different superintendents (Adams, Mantell, and Warnock). He commented that his saddest moment as a board member was probably when the bond issue to initially build new schools went down to defeat. Yet, he believes that happened for a reason and was in the long run better for the district.  Consequently, the proudest moment as a member was when the bond issue did eventually pass allowing Clay to build its new PK-12 building (opening the doors in 2011). He went on to say while there were some tough times, especially at the beginning, he has been privileged and proud to serve the Clay community as one of its board of education members--helping the students and staff members be successful.

Thanks for your dedication and service to the Clay school community!

He will be replaced by Nathan Rider, who was elected to the Board in November, at the January 8, 2020, board of education meeting. The Clay Board of Education members will include Alan Boyer, Donnie Caseman, Craig Gilliland, Brian Hicks, and Nathan Rider.



Saying Goodbye...

Mark Robinson, Patty Clark, and Adam Betten






Mark Robinson retires after 38 years (19 with Clay and 19 with New Boston).  Robinson was a social studies teacher within both districts.






Patty Clark is retiring after 30 years as a custodian at Clay. She started as the night custodian working at both Rosemount and Rubyville Elementary schools.





While Adam Betten is not retiring, we say goodbye to him as he is moving on after 12 years at Clay. He will be the high school basketball coach and a teacher at Vandalia Butler High School.

Immunization Requirements

Student Immunizations.
Students entering kindergarten, 7th, and 12th grade have required immunizations. Please bring copies of their updated vaccine records to school at Open House on Monday, August 21, or send with your child when school starts on August 23.
These are REQUIRED as well as recommended vaccines for all students. Vaccines can be completed at your pediatrician, the Scioto County Health Dept. (at the courthouse), or the Portsmouth City Health Dept. For more information or questions, please contact Mrs. Beth Shaffer, RN, at 740-354-6644.

Alonzo Canter, Former Clay Employee, Passes


ROSEMOUNT — Alonzo (Lonnie) Ernest Canter went home to the Lord, Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Lonnie was a long time resident of the Rosemount area.

Lonnie is survived by his wife, Winifred McCain Canter; his son, Jeffery (Denise); grandsons, Richard and Jared (Michelle); and great-grandchildren, Nathan and Mia. Also surviving is his sister, Marcella Canter Mounts; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Canter and Florence Reinhardt Canter; and siblings, Paul (Stella) Canter, Earl (Benita) Canter, Romaine Caudill, Ruth (Johnny) Adams, Marie (Roy) Armstrong, George Henry, Wilma and Charlotte Canter.

Lonnie was a World War II veteran, having served his country in the Army Air Corps. He worked for years for Herms Greenhouse (where Andy's Toyota and Honda is now located) and retired after being a custodian at Clay Schools.

He married Winifred McCain on April 10, 1947 at Rosemount Road Church of Christ in Christian Union with Rev. George Belcher officiating. Their son, Jeffrey, was born August 23, 1955.

Lonnie was a wonderful dad, grandpa, and grampy to Jeff, Rich, Jared, Nathan, Mia; and his "adopted" daughter, Lacie Murry.

Lonnie was always kind, helpful to all who needed it. He loved gardening and working with plants. He always provided all of us with tomatoes he had grown from seed; enjoyed tinkering with mowers, could fix about anything and patiently taught Jeff and the boys how to repair many things through the years. He enjoyed staying busy after retirement.

Lonnie was well known by friends and family for his sense of humor. He always had a joke ready or a funny story. He was well loved by all who knew him.

He attended Rubyville Community Church and will be missed by all. But we will see him again in glory.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 at F.C. Daehler Mortuary Company in Portsmouth with Rev. Donald Davidson officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Burial Park. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Daehlers and one hour prior to the service.


Clay Community

11 April 2019

Dear Parent/Guardians,


Today, we learned of an extremely sorrowful and unfortunate occurrence.  Mrs. Geralyn White, a 4th-grade teacher in the Clay School District, passed away following a short battle with metastatic breast cancer.  Mrs. White was the wife of Kelly White, the mother of Mallory Fitch and Tara McClary, and the grandmother of first-grade student Lucas McClary.


We are all deeply saddened by the news of this tragic event and it has prompted several classroom discussions. Although our students handled the situation the best they could, we wanted you to be informed so you will know the facts and be better able to talk with your son/daughter.  Your child may express concern to you about what happened. This concern may be shared today, next week, or even later. The best way you can help your child is to listen and be reassuring.


We have assembled a team of social workers, school counselors, and psychologist that will be available for students to talk with about their concerns regarding this incident.


If there is any way we can be of assistance to your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school (740)-354-6644.


Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

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