Clay Local School District Profile

The purpose of this profile is to showcase the achievements of the Clay Local School District to the community beyond the snapshot provided by the Ohio Department of Education in its annual report card.

Who we are.

Board of Education (2023).

Donnie Caseman, President
Alan Boyer, Vice-President

Jason Bailey, Nathan Rider, & Jeff Whitley


Board of Education (2020)

Jason Bailey replaced William Warnock on the Board as of January 1, 2022.




Todd Warnock, Superintendent
Russ Breech, CHS (6-12) Principal
Shane Rhea, CES (PS-5) Principal

Stacey Bailey, Assistant Principal (PS-12)


Brandi Blackburn, Treasurer

Kaitlyn Buckley, Assistant Treasurer


Certified Teachers/Professionals/Paraprofessionals: 40
Administrators: 4

Secretarial, Clerical, Other Staff: 6

Custodial: 4.5

Bus Drivers: 5+

Total Employees: ~50


Enrollment. *as of October 2018

CHS (6-12): 352 with 186 in 9-12

CES (PK-5): 365

Total Enrollment: 717 (2018)*largest enrollment since 1986


In the classroom.

  • The Class of 2022 received over $270,000 in college scholarships. CHS graduates have received over seven million dollars during the last 20 years.

  • The Clay Legacy Fund through the Clay Alumni Association has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years with the goal to financially help all Clay graduates who desire to further their education after high school. Twenty-one (21) scholarships, for example, were awarded by the Clay Legacy Fund in 2018. One hundred and one scholarships have been awarded since 2008. Clay Schools, which actually created a scholarship endowment at the Scioto Foundation in 2004, top all other school systems in the amount of invested scholarship funds with $383,000. *as of 10/2022

  • Four Advanced Placement courses (Anatomy, Calculus, English Language, & English Literature) are currently offered at CHS, but students have the opportunity to take additional AP exams on their own. Since 2013, 220 students have taken 328 AP exams.

  • Implemented in 2016-17, all 11th-grade students take the ACT college preparedness test at school, free of charge. CHS is also an ACT administration site during the calendar year. The graduating class of 2018 had five (5) students with a 30+ on the ACT. The 2019 senior class has four (4) students with at least a 27.

  • Spanish, French, & German are currently offered as foreign language credits.

  • Students have the option to take one or more of the 85+ elective courses through the Clay Digital Academy. These courses include electives in science, business, arts/digital media, math, journalism, computer programming, social studies, and career-oriented electives. Credit recovery courses are available as well.

Go, Panthers!

  • Clay offered 12 varsity sports’ programs to student-athletes in 2021-22, along with 5 junior varsity, 7 junior high programs, and high school and junior high cheerleading.

  • Clay Jr-Sr HS had 177 student-athletes participate in at least one sport during the 2021-22 school year, which is approximately 60% of the student population in grades 7-12.


  • The Clay Volleyball team became the first team from Scioto County to advance to the OHSAA Final Four in 2018. The Panthers (24-4, 13-1) won the league, sectional, district, and regional titles on the road to state final four.

  • CHS Volleyball team (19-6, 12-2) was Division IV District runner-up in 2017.Clay_Wins_Sectional_Title_2016.jpg


  • CHS Boys’ basketball team (24-3, 12-2) won the league title, sectional title, and district title while finishing as Regional runner-up in 2017. Clay BBK District Champs 2017.jpg


  • Coach Betten received conference, district, and state coaching awards in 2017.

  • BBK: Cole Gilliland, Nate Hinze, & Cameron King all reached the 1,000-point plateau in 2017.

  • Girls’ basketball team received the OHSBCA all-academic team award for the highest GPA (regardless of size/division in 2016).  They received an all-academic team OHSBCA award again in 2017 and 2018.

  • On March 27, 2019, the Clay Softball team became the fourth team in OHSAA softball history to record 800 total wins.



  • Jensen Warnock made it into the OHSAA SOFTBALL record book with her 180 career hit (April 20, 2019 v. Vinton County).

  • Shae Vassar had a 51 consecutive game hit steak come to an end on May 23, 2018 (the last game of her junior year v. Strasburg-Frabklin). The steak started on April 4, 2017 (v. South Webster), during her sophomore year. This streak currently ranks 2nd in OHSAA SOFTBALL history.

  • In 2018, the team was 24-6/13-1.  The Panthers were the league, sectional, and Div. IV District champions for the second year in a row.

  • CHS Softball team (28-2, 14-0) won the league, sectional, and Division IV district titles in 2017.Clay SB 2017 b.PNG

  • Coach Gearheart received conference and district coach of the year awards in 2017 & 2018.


  • CHS Baseball team won a sectional title in 2017 for the first time since 2010; they won the sectional title and were district runners-up in 2018 with a 19-7, 10-2 record and again in 2019 (20-9). They won the league and sectional title again in 2021 (19-7).

  • CHS Tennis team won the league again in 2019 (their 10th title in the last 15 yeas). The team also won the league in 2017 and 2018. The doubles team (Nate Hinze & Gage Keller) advanced to the state tournament in Mason, OH, for the first time in school history in 2017.

  • Cameron King advanced to the state track & field championship at OSU in 2017.  He finished sixth in the high jump (6’3”).

  • CHS golf team won the league title 15 consecutive years from 2001-2015.

  • We currently have ___ graduates playing athletics at the next level.

  • Athletic Championships Clay Athletic Hall of Fame


Getting involved.

  • Five new members of the CHS National Honor Society were inducted in 2023-24.

  • Student Council.

  • Seniors Service Volunteer Hours.

  • Senior Olympics Volunteers.  

  • Students continue to participate in the annual CF Walk and the annual food drive (Bags of Hope) program.

  • Band/Music. The band travels to various performances during each school year, including the Portsmouth River Days' parade, Circleville Pumpkin Festival, Wellston Coal Festival, and the Jackson Apple Festival.

  • Prom Committee

  • Key Club (sponsored by the Portsmouth Kiwanis)

  • Several Clay students have had award-winning art projects displayed in the Scioto County Visually Literate arts program each year.

  • Spanish classes traveled to Puerto Rico in 2016.

  • The NHS conducts CHS Blood Drives multiple times during the year to help the American Red Cross, the community, and the school.

  • Clay participates in the River Days' Pageant. Past queens from Clay include Linda Nurse (1965), Cheryl Ricks (1972), Cindy Beckett (1983), Casey Stapleton (2007), & Alison Smith (2018)

  • Clay offers an E-Sports team.

At your fingertips.

  • CHS in the Fall of 2017 became a 1:1 building with students in grades 6-12. In 2018, that access was expanded to Grades K-5. Each student has access to adequate digital resources to be utilized by every student throughout the day with each classroom having Chromebooks for each student. All students currently have up-to-date Chromebooks.

  • Every classroom in the CLSD has a LTN SmartBoard and audio resource center.

  • Many lessons, exams, and homework are completed using a provided digital platform such as Google Classroom.

  • Teachers across CLSD utilize the educational tools such as Google Classroom, Study Island, Khan Academy, Accelerated Reader, and STAR Reading to interact and conduct learning in new and innovative ways.

  • Communication with parents and students are sent via emails, text alerts, Twitter (@claylocalsd, @claylsdsports, and @claylocales), Facebook accounts (for the district, high school, and elementary school), and Instagram.

Penny Battle Helps Houston






Many schools in the Houston, Texas, area were flooded and sustained damage from Hurricane Harvey. Many teachers in the area had poured a great deal of effort into making their classrooms a safe learning environment for their students, and now many have lost everything. Some schools were extensively flooded and will likely attend makeshift classrooms until their schools can be reopened. While returning to school is far from these teachers’ and students’ minds, we knew that they would need school supplies, clothes, and other necessities when they are able to return to their classrooms/schools.

Read more: Penny Battle Helps Houston

Clay Expands 1:1 for 2018-2019

Thanks to the Clay Board of Education and the Clay administration, the Clay Local School District is expanding their 1:1 Chromebook project for the 2018-19 school year. Students in grades 6 through 12 will be issued a Chromebook to use at school as well as at home just like last year. New for this year, elementary students (grades K-5) will be assigned a Chromebook to use each day in their classrooms. K-5 Chromebooks will stay on-site in the elementary classrooms. With the addition of 1:1 in K-5, Clay is now 1:1 in all grades (K-12).

Read more: Clay Expands 1:1 for 2018-2019

Students Raise $ for Alzheimer's Research

In an effort to help raise money for the annual Alzheimer's research fundraiser, Clay raised money by allowing students to wear hats.  For a donation, students were able to wear hats last week in support of the effort. K-3 students raised $128.25 while 6-12 students raised $72.15.  In total, Clay raised $200.40 for the Alzheimer fundraiser. 


Carol Vice, Former Clay Teacher & Hall of Fame Coach, Passes.

ROSEMOUNT —Carol Ann Vice, 82, of Rosemount, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, at SOMC Hospice.

She was born August 28, 1934, in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Virgil Burgess and Bethel Flannery Burgess Miller.

Carol was a retired teacher with the Clay School District with 30 years of service. Carol coached many sports for Clay including women's softball, compiling a 93.7% winning percentage over 11 years. She guided those teams to 3 State Championships and was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Coaches Hall of Fame. Carol was also a former President of Women's Tennis League in Portsmouth. She was a 1952 Clay High School graduate and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University.

Read more: Carol Vice, Former Clay Teacher & Hall of Fame Coach, Passes.

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