• Odyssey of Mind teams headed to nationals

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Unified School District 207 conducted its monthly school board meeting at the school board office April 24.
    Board President Myron Griswold presided over the meeting agenda. Directors in attendance were Vice President Lt. Col. Chris Springer, Superintendent Dr. Keith Mispagel, Deputy Superintendent SuAnn Grant, Board Member Marianne Eldridge, and Rich Holden, chief financial officer of the district and clerk of the board.
    After the meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance recited by attendees, the board approved of the agenda and minutes from the regular board meeting March 28, the special board meeting April 7 and the special board meeting April 18.
    Amy Reinhold presented the state competition results for USD 207 Odyssey of the Mind teams. She said three teams placed and two of those teams were going on to the national competition.
    “Eisenhower Elementary School finished first in the Division II category, Patton Junior High School’s Division II category team finished second and its Division III team finished third. The first- and second-place finishers go on to nationals,” Reinhold said. “The Patton Division III team only took second place by six points, so they were very close to qualifying for world finals as well.”
    Reinhold said student age and grade determine divisions. She said Division II includes students in grades 6-8 and all team members are less than 15 years old on May 1, 2017. Division III teams include at least one student who is in grades 9-12. Her presentation also included information about the ongoing fundraising plans to help defray expenses.
    Reinhold said the Odyssey of the Mind 2017 World Finals are May 24-27 at Michigan State University.
    Mispagel said he asked Lt. Col. Genji Croom, who teaches Cyberspace Operations at the Command and General Staff College, to make a presentation to the board.
    “I asked him to share some of the information and findings from the assessment he has done for the district,” Mispagel said. “His presentation will speak to ways to ensure security and all things cyber.”
    Croom said the current threat environment, general vulnerabilities and taking action were the basis of his presentation. He showed the board statistical information that detailed demographics of the most common cyber threats and organizational vulnerabilities.
    “The first step at the regulatory level is to do what you have done. Have an assessment of potential vulnerabilities,” Croom said. “Make sure your policies include contingency plans, relevant employee user agreements and user training. Your district is in an overall excellent position where cyber security is concerned.”
    Grant presented the International Day after-action report and said international parents from 22 countries responded and volunteered their time to showcase their countries. She said support from community volunteers facilitated the success of the event.
    Page 2 of 2 - “In comparison, last year there were 16 countries represented,” Grant said. “Volunteers from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Oman, Peru, Puerto Rico, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom participated.”
    In addition to members of the district faculty and staff, 14 members of the community were present at the meeting. Regular school board meetings are open to members of the community. Meeting agendas and report documents are available to download before and after meetings online at www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
    After completion of the remaining presentations and action items, the board went into executive session. The next regular meeting is at 4:30 p.m. May 23 at the board office.
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