Rushville Republican


December 17, 2012

RCS looking at “balanced” calendar

RUSHVILLE — The Rush County Schools Board of Trustees recently met in regular session.

RCHS principal Matt Vance and RCHS Radio/TV instructor Ed Small reported on the RushShelby Energy Cooperative Project.

Vance indicated that in cooperation with RushShelby Energy, students were afforded the opportunity to work on feature length productions for RushShelby Energy.

This project came about through the vision of Dave Sheets of RushShelby Energy and in cooperation with RCHS. In partnership, RCHS produced feature length productions and received equipment for this project.

As a result, RCHS has five new video cameras, editing equipment, and built two new studios.

Six students went on location to document an electrical pole replacement. They also documented interviews with lineman and three RushShelby Energy facility interviews.

“This was a neat hands-on experience for our students,” Small said.

In one instance, a student shot video from a bucket truck. One of the major projects was shooting a High Voltage Demonstration. This was shot on location with four cameras in real time.

A portion of the end product (video) was shared with the board. Further, a demonstration of the AR Drone 2.0 was given; this is a computerized drone that shoots from the air.

A modified balanced 2013-2014 school calendar was shared. The potential calendar for next year will have at least 90 days per semester. The first semester would end by Christmas and spring break would be the last full week of March, with weather days built in.

In the modified calendar, there would be a full week for fall break and a full week for spring break. This proposed calendar also indicates two full weeks for Christmas break and a four day weekend in February. Fayette County may adopt the same calendar as consideration is given to vocational school students.

Final approval/adoption will take place at the January or February board meeting.

In further action, the board approved the overnight/out-of-state trip request for the RCHS U.S. Government summer school class to go to Washington, D.C. June 3 to 9, 2013 (under the direction of Jeff McDaniel).

It was recommended that the Arlington property sale to the highest bidder, Nancy and Jr. Newton, be approved.

The high bid for the combination of Tract 1 and 2 totaled $5,600. The board approved the closing on the property as well as any documentation needed for finalization of the sale. It was further recommended that the income from this sale be deposited into the Legacy Fund.

During board member comments, outgoing board member Jane Carter was praised by her peers.

Carter thanked her fellow board members for their kind words and said that eight years went by fast and a lot has happened.

“My biggest goal was to do something positive with the county schools and I’m pleased with what happened. It has been an enjoyable time and I appreciate all the board has done/and is doing,” she said.

The next Rush County Schools board meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 8, 2013 at the RCS Administrative Office, 330 West Eighth Street, Rushville.


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