Eastern FFA receives use of tractor

Eastern Local School District Board of Education met in regular session on Feb. 21 and heard comments from Kevin Kratzer, superintendent of Southern Hills Career and Technical Center regarding Career and Technical Education Month in February.
Kratzer introduced teacher Kara Juillerat and Ginger Ring shared instructors in several schools.
Ring teaches the IT program math at career centers for juniors and seniors according to Kratzer and Juillerat teaches a unique new program that was just started last year in middle schools. Eastern Middle School is currently the only school offering the program, but according to Kratzer, several other schools are hoping to start the program in their schools.
“This is our second year for this satellite program,” Juillerat said. “I serve 240 students from seventh, eighth and ninth grades. The kids learn computer programing, web design and a career connections class.”
Juillerat discussed how successful the program has been in the school and the interest by students is growing.
Ring talked briefly about the classes  being offered to juniors and seniors. The students are learning everything about computers including how to disassemble and reassemble a compute which helps them to understand every aspect of a computer. The kids learn about all the possible web tools, program software and the digital media. The students are especially interested in game design. She said that the field of IT job opportunities continues to grow.
Reports were also given to members of the school board from each of the Eastern Schools principals, Jennifer Grimes (high school), Jordan Michael (middle school), Josh Michael (Sardinia Elementary) and Katrina Wagoner (Russellville Elementary).
Highlights from the reports included:
• Great science fair projects;
• P.T.O. Luncheon to thank the P.T.O. member for their continued support;
• Level literacy program intervention is working very well, the program helps students who are falling behind;
• Successful autism training for teachers and bus drivers;
• Request for Girl Scouts for K-5 to meet at the school;
• Kindness Week observed at the school;
• Valentine Dance raised $800;
• Drug awareness at the middle school and Random Acts of Kindness week recognized.
FFA Instructor Krista Hayslip spoke briefly to the board about happenings with the Eastern FFA. She commented that Bane-Welker Equipment along with the Alumni came up with a program to assist the FFA. She requested that the board cover the insurance for the use of the tractor, since students would be using it.
She introduced Donnie Kelch with Bane-Welker Equipment who told the board that he was donating a CASE, 75 HP with cab and loader to the school to use through the fair.
Board treasurer Kevin Kendall reported to the board that he had received retirement letters from Mary DeFosse and the girl’s soccer coach, Amanda Fisher, submitted her resignation. The board accepted both.
Kendall also told the board that the school received a $2,775 grant through the food service which will be used to purchase software so that parents can file online for the reduced lunch applications.