Updates and news from Nevada Community Schools

Briana Dunn

The following subjects were raised at last week’s Nevada school board meeting:

• Nevada High School’s FFA chapter recently attended a series of leadership conferences. FFA members presented their takeaways from the conferences. The Global Youth Institute, 212 and 360 Leadership Conferences, and the FFA National Convention are just a few of the FFA’s latest exploits.

Senior Morgan Smith was invited to this year’s Global Youth Institute at the World Food Prize Building in Des Moines to present her paper on food supply and nutritional issues in Haiti. She met many students from around the world, got to hear from inspiring leaders and her paper was picked for publication in an African journal that deals with world issues.

Although only one Nevada student was selected to present at the Global Youth Institute, other FFA members were enlightened by their experiences at the 212 and 360 Leadership Conferences.

Freshman and sophomores were eligible to attend the 212 Conference, which focused on mental, physical, social and emotional growth. Seniors and juniors were invited to the 360 Conference, which focused on collaboration, becoming agents of change and building relationships.

Several FFA members also attended the FFA National Convention in Kentucky. Over 64,000 FFA members, from various schools around the nation, attended the convention. Students were treated to several educational tours, including a tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack and Derby Museum, and a tour of the Evan Williams Distillery, complete with a lesson on how bourbon is made.

Kevin Cooper, FFA advisor and Nevada High School ag teacher, reported that fruit sales have been through the roof and mentioned that the Chinese students who attended the Global Youth Institute invited Nevada students to visit China some day. However, Board President Chitty joked, “We would have to sell an awful lot of tractors to afford that trip.”

• NCSD’s stadium project is moving ahead as planned and the board has invited anyone who would like to lend their input to the project before the design is finalized for construction to the next board meeting on Dec. 14. The meeting will be held in the commons at Central Elementary at 6:30 p.m.

There is a proposed change in the location of the wrestling room addition. Dr. Steve Gray, superintendent, explained that through the design development meetings, they were advised to move the wrestling room portion of the exterior stadium building to the middle school, which would give the board greater latitude in determining the overall scope of the project. The move of the wrestling room allows the board to consider the wrestling room and the exterior building as separate alternates to the stadium project, and reduces the need for extensive locker room design (an added design cost) to the exterior building, which could be eliminated entirely as one alternate.

NHS Vice Principal and Activities Director Kyle Hutchinson said, “David Schmitz, our food service director, has been lending part of his office to the booster club during events and the sales have been successful.” He feels the proposed spirit store will be a welcome addition to the stadium.

Chitty added that “the booster club has done their research and is looking forward to using it (a spirit store).”

• The Nevada school board accepted a bid to refinance a portion of the 2009 sales tax bonds and will recognize a savings of $473,323.