Adams County/Ohio Valley School District
The Adams County/Ohio Valley School District was created in 1970 after the consolidation of Adams County’s four local school districts into one.  The present district encompasses 487 square miles, being the second largest geographical school district in the State of Ohio.  The district includes seven school buildings—three high schools, a career and technical center, and three elementary schools—along with an Administration Office and bus garage.  The construction of four new high school buildings and renovation of the previous facilities was completed in 1997.  A bond issue was passed in 2006 to build three new elementary schools and renovate the existing high schools and CTC.  The new elementary buildings were opened to students in January 2010.

Special programs for handicapped, preschool, all-day every-day kindergarten, extended enrichment program, and writing processes are in place.  A vital element of the secondary program is the career and technical center that attracts approximately forty-five percent of all the juniors and seniors.


Richard Davis
Tiffany Demint
Robin Lucas
David Riley
Gay Lynn Shipley

Manchester Local School District

Manchester Local School District was established in 2004 and serves an area of approximately 115 square miles. The School District is located in Adams County, and includes the Villages of Manchester and Rome, all of Manchester and Sprigg Townships and portions of Green and Monroe Townships. The School District is staffed by 36 non-certificated employees, 66 certificated teaching personnel and eight administrative employees who provide services to approximately 900 students and other community members. The School District currently operates two instructional buildings, bus garage, athletic fields and the Manchester Educational and Activity Center all located at 130 Wayne Frye Drive. The School District also has a school based health center on its campus operated by Valley View Health Center that offers health and dental services to students, staff and the community.

For the past five years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016), Manchester High School was nationally recognized by US News and World Report as a Bronze Medal Best High School.  This designation was based on College Readiness, Math Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, and Student/Teacher Ratio.  Additionally, MHS has earned the highest composite OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) scores in the Southeastern Ohio region for four consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015).

Board of Education

Dave McFarland, Board Member
Owen Applegate, Board Vice-President
Troy Thatcher, Board President
Joel Hanson, Board Member
Roddy Farley, Board Member

Educational Philosophy

All Children Can Learn.

The instructional program must be challenging and provide appropriate opportunities for all students.

Technology is an integral part of an instructional program.

School employees are accountable for the work they do and for the things over which they have control.

Our schools must provide a caring, friendly and safe climate for learning.

Our schools are an integral part of and belong to our community.

Public education is vital to community development and well-being.

Our school facilities and equipment must be able to support quality education.

High expectations of individual behavior and achievement will encourage each student and District employee to realize his/her potential.

Learning brings joy and is a lifetime pursuit for students and employees.

The educational needs of our students will be our highest priority.

The physical and emotional health, safety and welfare of our students will not be jeopardized.

We will not allow the lack of funds to impede the pursuit of quality education.

We will communicate openly, honestly and in a timely manner to foster trust and understanding.

No significant change in operation will be implemented unless mandated by law without student, employee, and community involvement in the planning process.

In order to ensure efficient and effective use of resources and maximum educational value, we will not institute or continue programs without cost/benefit analysis.