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October 10, 2012

RRTC board members learn about DMS program

DUNCAN — Red River Technology Center’s Board of Education began their meeting by watching a video about Duncan Middle School’s STEM program and discussed how the program coordinates with their school.

The STEM program is new to DMS and is an interactive learning class for eighth graders where the students are expected to think more and it has already been found to be a success.

Students actually clamor to do their homework rather than complain about it.

This class ties in with many of RRTC’s engineering and science classes, which have always featured the interactive learning process.

“There are 55 students signed up in that class this year and they’re going to be eligible to come here in three years,” said Ken Layn, RRTC superintendent. “We need to be prepared for them, they are our future.”

Layn informed board members that they had received a full price offer for the FY ‘12 carpentry house. They voted to approve the offer and the house will soon be moved off the property, a process that will need to be moved up in the future.

“We need to start selling the carpentry projects in the summer beginning next year,” Layn said. “We’re going to have the (carpentry house canopy) out there soon and we can’t have more than one at a time.”

Due to rising diesel gas prices, the board voted to raise what they pay their common education partners per mile to bus students back and forth from their home schools. Mileage to be paid went from 2.36 per mile to 2.40 per mile.

“I want to be more than fair to our common ed partners,” Layn said.

Other agenda items included:

- As an annual agenda item, the FY ‘13 Budget by Function was board approved.

- A report from the State Department of Education Accreditation was said to have only high remarks for RRTC.

- Parent Teacher Conferences were announced to be held from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27.

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