Robotics Team Presents School Board Projects – Kiowa County Signal

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By Jayden Mies Special student journalist at the Tribune

On Monday, March 7, Liberty Middle School’s robotics team gave a $382 demonstration to members of the Board of Education that showcased their coding skills. They had their robots do a “dance party”, which involved spinning the robots and moving forward and backward. Team members include Emersyn Bailey, Karsyn Bailey, Cade Clarkson, Ian Clarkson, Wyatt Hopkins, Laura Kendall and Charlie Mandl. These students are mentored by Anthony Brown, who reported that 22 to 30 students arrive at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to work on various robotic challenges and activities. They are competing to be part of three-member teams that will go to Oklahoma City for the Jr. Botball competition. Travel costs and permission to attend were approved by board members later at their March 7 meeting.

Also on Monday, Board Chairman Bill Bergner paid tribute to Mark Fincham for his 12½ years of service at the BOE. He received a plaque and a gift recognizing his dedication and time spent with the district.

Maintenance Manager David Inslee reported on various updates, including the completion of the five-year pipe inspection and finishing of the gymnasium floors, which is scheduled for the week of July 24.

Deputy Superintendent David Schmidt also provided an update on various program issues, including COVID quarantine and testing, and the crisis team, which is tasked with reviewing the district’s crisis plan.

Superintendent Tony Helfrich presented a report highlighting issues such as technology refresh options and bus purchases.

Actions to be taken by the board included approving out-of-state travel for the LMS robotics team, the 2022 summer school schedule, and required staffing.

Personnel changes discussed by board members during an executive session included the resignation of SW Title I Para Crystal Shanline and new PHS Math hire Kari Eastes.

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