Rector School Board Hosts Special Guest
The regular monthly meeting of the Rector School Board was held Monday, Oct. 9, in the district administration building During the gathering, the board welcomed Maggie Rabjohn and her mother, Sara. Maggie was on hand to speak to the board as a representative of Lauren Dorman’s fifth grade class.
“Maggie is one of our students who is participating in an innovative student research model called ‘Genius Hour.’ Originated by the Google Corporation, Genius Hour encourages research into areas in which the person has a passion,” RES principal Anthony Dowdy said in introducing the fifth grader. “The next step is accomplishing a goal with that research. Mrs. Dorman has instituted this initiative in her classroom and the students are energized.”
Rabjohn explained she researched heart doctors in part because her brother, Cooper, has been an Arkansas Children’s Hospital patient for some time. In all that research, she learned to become even more appreciative of the doctors and their work.
“So, I decided to have a contest to raise $500 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in honor of my brother and in memory of my cousin, Kenzie Rabjohn,” she offered.
She explained that with every donation, a heart was added to the school’s entrance area, known by students as the “glass wall.” The competition was fueled with a prize for the class that raised the most money for the hospital. The class’s prize would be a popcorn party along with a movie. Since she surpassed her goal, reaching $635 she added, “both classes get a party. We are going to take the money to Children’s Hospital soon.”
The school board congratulated Maggie on her project and noted they were glad to see a student so engaged in the classroom.
In the business section of the meeting, Dowdy said the teachers and students are working hard in the classroom and everyone is focused on finishing the first nine-weeks grading period. RHS principal Nate Henderson also commented, saying, “During the last few weeks, we’ve been especially busy with all kinds of student activity, especially as it involved Homecoming week. Not just for sports, but the students are excited about everything. I’m sensing a resurgence of Rector Cougar spirit in everything they do,” he concluded.
Henderson and Dowdy mentioned that Rector will host the fifth and sixth grade peewee football first round playoff. The games will be played on Saturday, Oct. 21, as Rector will be the site of the opening round of the NEA Youth football league playoffs. Parents, teachers, and volunteers will host the games which begin at 9 a.m. that Saturday, and continue through an eight-game schedule.
In other business, the board approved the superintendent’s financial report presented by Johnny Fowler. The operating fund period three balance is $1,241,919.70. The building fund remains at $1,090,000, with otal assets of $2,410,824.90.
The board also nominated and re-elected the same officers who served in the previous year. Jody Simmons will again serve as president, Tony Lockhart as vice president and Kirk Ford as the board secretary.
The board also approved the mandatory statement regarding employees who have received over a five percent salary increase. Fowler indicated this is mandated as assurance that salaries were not given in excess, nor was favoritism a factor in any salary increase. Superintendent Fowler stated that those persons receiving such a salary increase would be those earning a master’s degree, those who moved from part-time to full-time employment, or those who changed positions within the school district.