On Thursday, Jan. 10, the Lincoln County School District board met.
After the usual business came the reorganization of the board, with Pat Kelley as president. The board recognized its newest member, Carol Hansen, who was elected to the seat held by Carolyn Harr. There was also mention of Tyrus Mizer, who will be leaving the board soon due to his demanding work schedule and possible move. This leaves a vacancy in the NASB, and it was determined that Hansen should fill this spot.
After a few more small adjustments to the board’s responsibilities, the schools began their reports, starting with a presentation from Pioche Elementary. The sixth graders began with a review of their trip to Washington, D.C., where they visited many of the capital’s sites and memorials while braving the heavy rain that battered the city.
After sharing their pictures and thanking the board for its contribution to the trip, the faculty of Pioche Elementary reported on the archeology program piloted at their school. This program included visits to archeological sites like the O’Malley structure and Crystal Wash, as well as quizzes and formal education on the practices and key ideas behind archeology. The teachers were able to experience the program exactly the way the kids would experience it, and they were thrilled by the idea of leading their students through this exciting program.
The final part of Pioche’s presentation focused on their 21 days of kindness program. The students were required to do five acts of kindness a day, and when their acts were recognized, the person that received the kindness was to write down a note and give it to a faculty member. These notes were then made into a paper chain that reminded the kids of their many kind acts and encouraged them to seek out new opportunities to be kind.
Next, Caliente presented. The school expressed their appreciation to the board for allowing them to go to the Clark Academy to study their teaching techniques. This experience led them to split up their school into a house system akin to the one in the “Harry Potter” novels. This encouraged the students to find a sense of comradery with their house members.
After hearing a report from Alamo about their excitement with the Summit Learning program, the board heard from Beverly Petersen, who had been given time off to go on a humanitarian trip through Ethiopia, Uganda, and Swaziland. Petersen showed pictures of school rooms with dirt floors and libraries consisting of a single set of torn books.
Finally, C.O. Bastion’s new principal was chosen. The posting was an in-house only offer, and after extensive thought and consideration, Matt Cameron, a long-time educator in the county, was chosen for the job.