Alumni from the Class of 1966 were recognized during the high school football game September 9th.

As a high school athlete Bud was a three year starter in varsity basketball. He was chosen as a SOC All-Star and Scioto County League All Star in both his junior and senior years. He was the second leading scorer in the area his senior year, averaging 23 points per game.

In baseball, he started and caught every game during his four year varsity career. He helped lead West to both the SOC and Scioto County League championships his senior year.

Bud returned to West in 1968 as a teacher and coach. He coached junior high and freshman football, varsity basketball, varsity baseball, and varsity golf.  He coached from 1968 until 1979. Bud is the only coach in the history of Washington-Nile Local School District to win SOC Championships in three different sports: Basketball 1973, Baseball 1977, and Gold 1974-75.  The 1973 Basketball Team was also Scioto County League Champions. His team won several Sectional tournaments. Bud was named SOC Coach of the Year in 1973.

Bud became assistant principal at West in 1979 and was named principal a year and a half later. During his years at West he was elected to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southeast District Board. He also served on the Ohio State Athletic Association State Board of Control. Also during this time he was co-founder (along with Earl Thomas Conley) of the Earl Thomas Conley Scholarship.

Bud left West in 1993 to become superintendent at Union Scioto Local School District in Ross County. He accepted a superintendent’s position at Eastern Local in Pike County from which he retired in 1999.

In 1997 Bus was named outstanding administrator in the Southeast District by the Ohio School Board Association.


Do you recycle cardboard, newspapers & magazines, aluminum & tin cans, old appliances, auto parts, sheet metal and more? Take your recyclable materials to Livingston & Co., Inc. Donate your earnings to either the district, building, or classroom. What a great way to Go Green for Portsmouth West! 

   Earn Some Green By Going Green For Portsmouth West Schools


Ray Blevins, trainer for the State Support Team, Region 15, speaks to teachers and administrators about ways his Team supports school districts with early childhood learning, school improvement plans and special education concerns. For more information about the State Support Team, visit the website at 

Can you find your teacher (or your child's teacher) in the pictures below?

I want to welcome everyone back for the 2016-2017 school year. Our staff has worked very hard preparing for a great start. We work daily to be a productive school district our community can be proud of. We focus on doing what is best for our students and work to prepare them for success. It takes all of us working together to reach our goals and expectations for a productive school year.

 Go Senators!

Mr. Jeff Stricklett


Washington-Nile Local School District

Several Elementary students were treated to a new pair of tennis shoes in February. Life Point Church of Portsmouth provided new shoes to about sixty students as part of their school outreach program.  The program was conceived to provide help with Portsmouth City Schools originally, however church members raised so much money they have been able to reach out to other schools in the county. Scioto Shoe Mart works with Life Point in sizing and getting the shoes to the students. Two weeks before students received their shoes, Scioto Shoe Mart came and measured all the children's feet to assure proper sizing. On February 8th about fifteen Life Point members brought new shoes to give the children. Scioto Shoe Mart also provided two pairs of socks for each child. 

Portsmouth West Elementary would like give a big Thank You to Life Point Church and Scioto Shoe Mart for their kindness. Your generosity brought much joy and excitement to students and staff alike. Thank You!


Mr. Kevin Downey's third grade Social Studies classes recently worked with 'The Broken Need a Healing' in distributing toiletry supply bags to those in our community experiencing homelessness or are in need.

"The kids made forty kits of toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and toothbrushes to give to those in need within our community. The Community Service Project came out of both of my Social Studies classes as we discussed and brainstormed what we could do to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That's when the idea of making ziploc baggie kits came about. We started collecting the items for approximately one month before we started making the kits. Items were donated by families and local businesses helped with toothpaste and toothbrush donations. Each class took one afternoon to make forty kits and then they were boxed up and sent to a representative of The Broken Need a Healing organization, a non-profit that helps the under-served in Scioto County."

"We have such giving kids in our community and I'm so proud of them! I would like to thank their parents, too. Teamwork made it all possible. Our plan is to continue to make the kits until the end of the school year or until we run out of items."

Thank you Mr. Downey and students, leaders in our school and our community.

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