The Lincoln County R-III School Board recognized local students entering military service, FFA students that won a national contest, Project LEAD the Way and many other happenings affecting the school district.
Four Troy Buchanan High School seniors who have enlisted to join the National Guard; Dillon Bearden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bearden, Dalton Hulme, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hulme, Adam Madden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Madden and Mrs. Jennifer Trent, and Maiya Wilkes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wilkes, led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
FFA members Julia Chesser, Morgan Hartwig, Jessica Hoelting and Karissa Skibinski were in attendance with their FFA sponsor Matt McCrory to talk about their trip to the National FFA Convention. During the convention in Louisville Kentucky the girls swept top honors in the National FFA Knowledge Contest. The team also learned how to remain humble after the hours of studying paid off big with a win on the national stage. This experience has taught them the value of hard work and they look forward to continuing to further their development in FFA.
Ted Wilkinson and Ben Gifford then discussed Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in elementary, middle, and high schools across the U.S. Currently Introduction to Engineering Design is being offered to students at both the Ninth Grade Center and Troy Buchanan High School. The class offers a project based learning experience to students in which they use engineering notebooks, build electronic portfolios, learn a six step design process, learn to sketch and do various projects that include making a puzzle cube, advanced modeling, reverse engineering, virtual design and a design challenge. The teachers had to attend a two-week training program over the summer that involved instruction for eight hours a day and several hours of homework at night to become certified to instruct the class. Both Wilkinson and Gifford plan to attend another training session next summer for Principles of Engineering the next class to be offered at Troy Buchanan High School. This expands upon the knowledge students learned in Introduction to Engineering. These classes offer students the ability to learn valuable skills that will be necessary for students to have once they enter the ever-changing job market.
The Lincoln County Economical Development Director, Larry Tucker, was also present to introduce himself to the board. Tucker was excited to hear about Project Lead The Way because of the importance education plays in economic development.
Finance Director, Kay Richardson, and Larson Allen Auditor, Tim Dierker then presented the Board with the 2012-2013 audit for review and approval. The board then unanimously approved the 2012-2013 audit.
Cuivre Park Elementary counselor, Jennifer Lescher, and New Horizons counselor, Kristi Gregory, shared information on a mental health training program they attended. The program covered Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a way to offer help to a person experiencing a mental health challenge. Often times they develop during adolescence making it important for students to receive help, because early detection often provides a more positive outcome. They plan on offering a minimum of three trainings per year. Reaching out to faculty and staff in the Lincoln County R-III School District as well as community members. Each training course will be eight hours.
The procedure for funding student activity trips was amended to allow school officials the ability to look at trips on a case-to-case basis. Groups who have qualified for state and national competitions will have their lodging and travel expenses funded by the district, entrance fees and meals will be paid for by the group organization. Each group will complete a form to request for funding and that form will be submitted to the building principal and subsequently the chief financial officer. Prior to this it was the practice of the R-III Board of Education to award $1,500 to fund trips regardless of the group size.
Director of Finance, Kay Richardson, presented the only bank bid received by her office from Peoples Bank and Trust to the board for their approval. The board unanimously approved the bid. Kay stated that while many banks showed interest in bidding for the district’s business People’s Bank and Trust was the only bank to submit a final bid.
The board also approved new purchasing cards for the district. The cards will have no annual fees, can be remotely controlled to set limits, have daily online monitoring, and will streamline the accounts payable process by eliminating purchase order process for small purchases. The cards also have an annual rebate incentive. The district has calculated that the first year’s rebate should be a minimum of $9,000 and districts similar in size to Lincoln County R-III are receiving annual rebates of around $25,000.
Three board members’ terms will expire in April 2014: Susan Eales, Dan Reed and Greg Strawhun. Candidate filing for the April 8, 2014, election will begin on Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. and will end on Jan. 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.
The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln County R-III Board of Education will be December 17 at 7 p.m.