The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education started their regular monthly meeting with student recognitions and three presentations May 26.
The first order of business was to award commendations to recognize students whose artwork has been on display in the Lincoln Administrative Center. Students receiving commendations included; Sidney Stevens, Kaitlyn Wells, Lillian Neumann, Reece Zeigler, Rachael Ely, Damen Parsell, Keegan Sims, Alyssa Lawrence, Mason Ricker, Christina Johnson, Raegan Poth and Alexis Adams.
The board then heard a presentation from students and teachers from the Elementary School Gifted Program. The focus of the presentation was to show the board members the new additions to the gifted curriculum. Students presenting to the board included; Madalyn Kimmel, Adacyn Rister, Ella Hoover, Layla Ellis and Lillian Neumann. The students were joined by gifted coordinator Carrie Wood and gifted teacher Michelle Vance.
Students demonstrated the computer programming skills they’ve learned through the use of SCRATCH, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects completed by the students and the robotics unit the students completed during the 2015-2016 school year.
“Coding, STEM, and Robotics will continue to be part of the gifted curriculum,” Vance said. “Next year, another branch of technology will be added to further expand the curriculum.”
The next presentation involved the Bucyrus Rotary and Bucyrus High School Band. Specifically, the Rotary donated over $13,000 to the High School band to purchase new percussion equipment as a result of the club’s annual auction fundraiser.
“We greatly appreciate the support from the Bucyrus Rotary Club for our High School band,” Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “These new instruments will be put to good use when the new school year starts in August.”
The final presentation of the evening was from Educational Options Director Mr. Marty Schuster regarding the Educational Options program and Virtual Learning Academy. The board moved to the business portion of the meeting and approved all items as presented, including new teacher and administrator contracts. The members recessed to executive session with no additional action taken.