USD 470 Board of Education members heard about Roosevelt Elementary School student projects from fourth-grade teacher Randi Whalen during their May 9 meeting.

Students at Roosevelt created presentations that covered aspects of the American Revolution. They worked in small groups to create learning modules for their peers.

During the course of five weeks, the students created posters and 3-D models — such as displays — as well as the written requirement for the projects.

The posters and some of the 3-D models were on display in the library at Roosevelt during the board of education meeting.


Summer trip

David Stinemetze, a chemistry and physics instructor at Arkansas City High School, presented to the school board a possible school trip plan for the summer of 2017.

This trip would be 12 days and would be in four different locations in Europe, including England.

So far, there have been five students and three adults who have shown interest and put a deposit down on the trip.

There are potentially three more individuals interested — one student and two adults.

This would be a smaller group than usual, as the usual amount who attend is between 15 and 20.

There have been four other trips of this magnitude taken by Ark City students.

Stienemetze said he and the other teachers who would facilitate the trip would like to have board approval and the benefit of having district insurance coverage for the trip.

The cost of the trip would be approximately $5,000 for students.


Other notes

Board member Dr. Aaron Watters was not present at the meeting. This marked the 24th meeting Watters has missed since December 2014.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the consent agenda.
  • set the final board meeting for fiscal year 2016 on June 27.
  • approved the high school weighted grading scale.
  • approved an amendment to Policy KG.
  • heard a report on the food service renewal contract.
  • heard a report on USD 470’s Recreation Board appointee.
  • heard a report on document processing information.