Mrs. Gasho Retires

Each year a school district has a new group of seniors say goodbye.  Sometimes a school district will say goodbye and thank you to a staff member or a group of staff members.  This year, the Clay Local School District says a BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Karen Gasho for her service to the children and community.

Mrs. Gasho started at Clay in 1992 as a junior high language arts teacher.  Before coming to Clay she taught kindergarten in northern Ohio.  She later moved to the Rosemount as a kindergarten teacher, and she finished her career with the district as a first grade teacher.

She will be missed.  Good luck!  Happy retirement!

ODE District Report Cards, 2011-12

The state of Ohio has finally released the 2011-12 district report cards.  Clay High School was rated EXCELLENT!

Read more: ODE District Report Cards, 2011-12

Students Advance in Spelling Bee Competition

Congratulations to 6th grader, Calvin Gerard, the Clay Middle School Spelling Bee Champion, and 4th grader, Emily Clausing, the Clay Elementary School Spelling Bee Champion!  Both of these students have advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held at Ohio University on March 16, 2013.  Good Luck to Calvin and Emily!

Clay HS CF Walk 2013


What:  Clay CF Walk
When:  Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 1:15PM
  (also Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Portsmouth)
Where:  Clay Local Schools
Requirements:  donate at least $10 (first period teachers)
T-shirts for sale:  $15

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Read more: Clay HS CF Walk 2013

Former Graduate Received Appointment

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Chris Shaffer, a 1999 Clay gradaute, was appointed to the Governor's Office of Appalachia.  He is the son of Bill and Beth Shaffer of Rosemount and the brother of Tim, Sarah, and Mark.

Columbus  Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development, and Fred Deel, Director of Development’s Governor’s Office of Appalachia, today announced the appointment of Chris Shaffer as the office’s assistant director.

"Chris has a strong command of the unique opportunities that exist in Appalachian Ohio," Patt-McDaniel said. "Chris will work closely with local, state, and federal partners in the office’s meaningful effort to promote growth and development in Ohio’s Appalachian communities."

Shaffer, 30, was appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to his prior position as Operations Manager in the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In that capacity, Shaffer assisted the director with budget management, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, project management, outreach, and community engagement. 

“I look forward to working with Chris to support economic, educational, and community prosperity throughout Ohio’s Appalachian region,” Deel said. “Our work with partners, both federal and local, strengthens the quality of life for Ohio’s Appalachian communities.” 

Shaffer, a native of Portsmouth, is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Shaffer is also a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in 2009 from Ohio Dominican University. A high resolution photo of Chris Shaffer is available by clicking here.

Shaffer is married to the former Amy Martin of Waverly, Ohio. The couple has one infant daughter, Quinn Maria. 

As an advocate for Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia works on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C. to promote the region’s assets and to support local, regional, state, and federal initiatives. 

For information on the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia, visit:

Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. 

Source:  Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia

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