Owensville High School’s Katelyn Landolt, serving as student representative to the Gasconade R-2 Board of Education, aired a list of requests at the Monday night meeting before being given a …
Owensville High School’s Katelyn Landolt, serving as student representative to the Gasconade R-2 Board of Education, aired a list of requests at the Monday night meeting before being given a task from the board president.
“So in the high school there is only one microwave up top and I think it would be beneficial to have another one up there since it’s in the far corner, hard for kids to line up and keep social distance,” Landolt began. “Juices and water, they used to be in a cooler where people can come through when they grab their food. It’s not there anymore. We were hoping they could bring that back because it is not there anymore.”
Landolt said they are doing good social distancing in class, and COVID-19 continues to affect the district’s traditional celebrations.
“Homecoming — I know people were upset that we had no parade — which I understand was a little bit difficult with COVID and everything, but I feel like we could try to do something different,” Landolt said.
She added that people really enjoyed the pep assembly.
“The Student Council is currently bagging Halloween goody-bags for elementary school people,” Landolt said before giving an update on sporting events. She added last that band competitions have been canceled due to COVID-19.
“Is there anything else you guys would like to know?” Landolt asked.
Board President Glenn Ely said he had a request for Landolt to ask students. The board would like for students to give suggestions to help vet candidates in the search for Superintendent Dr. Chuck Garner’s replacement. Garner announced his intent to retire at the September meeting.
“We are embarking on a conversation on connecting to the community, buildings in the district and students and staff in making sure that we have alignment in discussion around our leadership,” Ely began. “Dr. (Chuck) Garner has announced his retirement. One of the most interesting things is that the students often provide the most insight in what they feel is needed in leadership when running a district. So one of the things over the next couple of weeks, we will be visiting with different segments of the community for understanding of expectations and clarity of what the roles look like to create the best environment and create the best student.”
Ely asked Landolt to be a catalyst to the conversation and think about what that might look like for students.
“We acknowledge the most important thing the school board can do is to make sure everyone across has an idea of what we want to accomplish — including the parents and the community,” Ely said. “Students are a really important voice in all that. You didn’t know you were going to have an extra homework assignment, did ya?”
Landolt nodded her agreement. The board hopes to hear ideas and suggestions acquired by her from her peers at next month’s meeting.