Boy Scout to Build Outdoor Classroom at Northside Elementary

July 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
Boy Scout to Build Outdoor Classroom at Northside Elementary

Northside Elementary School students will soon have an opportunity to take their studies outdoors.

The Board of Education Thursday night gave approval for Thomas Webb, a member of Boy Scout Troop 347, to build a 20’ x 30’ outdoor classroom at Northside Elementary for his Eagle Scout project. Webb told the board that the proposed outdoor classroom will be the same type pavilion as was built last year at DeKalb Middle School through fund raising efforts of the student council there.

“For my Eagle Scout Project I would like to construct an outdoor classroom at Northside Elementary School identical to the one at DeKalb Middle School. This will provide an alternate learning environment that will enrich the students’ school experience and help foster an appreciation for nature,” said Webb.

Webb has also received approved for the project from the administration of the school and Director Patrick Cripps.

“Thomas came in and met with me as well. I give him kudos for doing that (project). For a young man to come in and take this initiative, I appreciate that,” said Director Cripps.

The pavilion will have a 20’ x 30’ concrete floor with a wooden frame and a metal roof. It will be on the grounds of Northside Elementary School. The exact location will be determined later. The anticipated completion date is Thanksgiving, 2017. Webb will work with skilled contractors to complete the project and it will be funded with money raised by Webb and other members of Boy Scout Troop 347.

In other business, Cripps updated the board on personnel moves since last month.

Jennifer Sykes has been granted a leave of absence as requested.

Randy Jennings has been transferred from DeKalb Middle School to Principal at DCHS

The following have resigned:

Gina Arnold, Supervisor of Special Education

Lisa Neal, teacher at Smithville Elementary School

Kenneth Taylor, bus driver

Kathryn Wisinger, ESL teacher

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