RES LegoLeague Team Visits School Board Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2018
RES students taking part in the presentation at the Rector School Board meeting includedc, from left: Jaxon Burns, Jackson Lynn, Anna Isom, Chloe McCurry, Jaydin Stirnaman, Ben Schimming, Emma Holmes, Libby Green, Austin Simmons and Maggie Rabjohn.
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

In addition to two secondary education students from ASU, the Rector Elementary competitive LegoLeague Team visited the Rector School Board meeting on Nov. 12, as they conducted their usual monthly meeting. Teachers Lance Mabrey and Stephanie Golliday sponsor the group, which uses after-school time to develop the components of the LegoLeague competition. Teachers and students have also used the 21st Century After School program to add time and resources to their endeavor.

Created by the students, the project involves a study called “Into Orbit” where students identify a problem, project a solution that is totally innovative, and then complete, publish and and compete with their three-phase presentation.

As a portion of the community involvement aspect, the group presented research, core values and their robot to a large group of parents and the school board. Their skit was developed as a news report where they presented their problem and projected the solution with a scripted conversation.

Relaxing and exercising in space to keep astronauts in shape, motivated, and happy presents a dilemma, according to their presentation. Their creative solution uses virtual reality head sets for visual stimulation and nasal attachments to refresh the mind and senses. For some of their research, they “face-timed” with Mr. Brian Shiro in Hawaii who gave them first-hand information gathered from his years of experience working with astronauts and the NASA space program. The group then presented their understanding of the core values of their undertaking and showed the board their robot and the programming that accomplished their goal of keeping astronauts on the space station relaxed and physically fit. “While we want to win a trophy, we know that regardless of that, we have learned much and had fun,” the students reported. The team competes on Saturday at Harding University at Searcy.

In regular business the board members, minus Mike Trail, voted to submit the school board election date as May 21, 2019. They also approved the trip bus bid from the Thomas company. The bus contains a larger diesel engine with seats wider apart and plenty of undercarriage storage. It is a 78-passenger bus with tinted windows and air conditioning. The Thomas company and Bluebird company both submitted bids and based on equal components, the board selected the Thomas bid because of better price. At the end of the school year, the current trip bus will be placed into service as a route bus.

The board approved two resolutions regarding conducting business with community workers who happen to be related to school employees. The board approved doing business with Brad Green and Erick Shavalia.

Superintendent Johnny Fowler reported a balance of $1,939,970.03 for the general fund, a balance of $1,458,000 in the building fund and then adding federal funds and cafeteria funds, concluding with a total fund balance of $3,509,458.23.

At the recommendation of Superintendent Johnny Fowler, the board approved a $1,000, one-time bonus for each certified and classified employee, to be paid this month.

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