Clay Commencement Ceremonies 2019

The Clay Local School District's 79th Commencement Exercises occurred at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 26, 2019. The following 58 seniors participated in the ceremony:






Skylar Cade Arits +*, Sophia Grace Balestra +#*, Aericah Sydney-Kaytelynn Barney +#*, Annabelle Juanita Bare, Jonathon Garret Beegan, Ryanna Paige Bobst +#*, Danny Ray Borders, Jr., Ashtyn Naomi-Noelle Brown +#*, Lila Mackenna Brown +#*, Elisa Marie Collins +#*, Jared Grayson Conkel, Chase Steven Conley, LaCyra June Craig, Abigail Elizabeth Deel, Kevin Gerald Deel, Cameron Nicole DeLotell +#*, Thomas Michael Earl Fleenor, Brandon James Fletcher, MaKayla Christine Fletcher, Zachary Garrett Fuller, Darby Jo Garrett +#*, Brandon Michael Gemperline, Calvin Woodrow Gerard #*, Delanie Hope Gilliland +#*, Ian Matthew Grimm, Christopher Aspen Hall ^, Austin Lee Hill, Jonathon Tyler Hobbs, Brandon Chase Hudson +, Chelsea Dianne Kleinman, Taylor Lee Lewis, Seth Allen Little, Julia Marie Lundy, Alexis Leann Martin **, Brookelyn Paige Martin, Hunter Matthew Mathias, Christopher Bradley McCleese, Kristin Marie Meadows, Isaiah Mullen, Alexandrya Musser +#*, Mason James Newton, Madison Aleix-Quinby Nigh ~+#*, Hannah Sue Oliver #, Hannah Elaine Pauley +, Haylynn Sue Pauley, Tyler James Phillips +#*, Christopher Allen Price-Hardy, Nicholas David Anthony Redden +, Garry Allen Reese III, Shaelyn Lee Robinson, Madison Helene Rogers, Zachary Steven Swayne, Gaven Nathaniel Traylor **#, Shaelyn Arin Vassar +#*, Abogale Rose Ware #, Jensen Mackenzie Warnock ~+#*, Cassidy Leigh Wells +#*, and Sarah Caroline Widdowson +#*

* CHS National Honor Society
** SCCTC National Honor Society
# Honors Diploma
+ Red Cross Leadership
~ Girl Scout Gold Award
^ 4-H Award

This graduating class has been offered approximately $600,000 in scholarship money.  The Clay Legacy Fund/Clay Alumni Association awarded $1,000 scholarships to 29 of the seniors. Over the last 17 years, $6+ million has been offered to Clay High School graduates. 

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.



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.


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

Ohio has immunization requirements for children entering the following grades for the 2019-20 school year. Kindergarten, 7th, and 12th grade. The deadline for you to turn in your student's updated immunization records is Friday, September 13.  After this date, your child is subject to exclusion from school attendance per Ohio laws. Preschool students also have requirements; however, these deadlines are different.
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 Department.
For more information or questions, please contact our district's nurse, Beth Shaffer, RN ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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