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Reflector, NASA honored at Monroeville schools

Zoe Greszler • May 28, 2018 at 7:03 PM

MONROEVILLE — Monroeville Local Schools showed appreciation this week to local organizations the board felt have made a difference in the district — the Norwalk Reflector and NASA Plum Brook Station.

Superintendent Ralph Moore nominated the newspaper and research center through the Ohio School Board Association for “an outstanding job of representing the school district, aiding the school district in anyway, helping with curriculum, promoting the school district — all those kinds of things.”

Moore said when it came to the Reflector, he appreciated the “overall contributions to our schools and exemplary services to our community.”

“I think we’ve been featured prominently on the front page of the Reflector as well as throughout the paper for many of student accomplishments (and) many of our newsworthy items that we’ve had,” Moore said. “We very much appreciate when our teachers send things to Joe or to Zoe or whoever — they do a great job of working with our people of getting their photos and stories in. ... That’s something that we appreciate very much.”

Reflector managing editor Joe Centers accepted the award and noted the district made it easy to offer the paper’s support.

“It’s a team effort,” Centers said.

“I know that we all work together — Ralph, (high school Principal) Jim (Kaczor) and Ben Paul and everybody. A lot of times we can get complaints, ‘Well, why didn’t you cover this, or why didn’t you cover that?’ But you guys are always one step ahead, and we appreciate it.

“Last week when the election didn’t go your way, (we) called you and you were a stand-up guy and you answered questions and that’s what makes it good for everybody. So we appreciate you as well. We couldn’t have done this without your guys’ help too.”

NASA Plum Brook, with help from aerospace engineer Brian Willis, who helped to spearhead the school STEM robotics program, made it to the state competition this year. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

“They worked extensively with our kids,” Moore said. “They gave quite a bit too for the program ... roughly $6,000 worth in equipment. We really appreciate all that they do.”

“Your rookie team whopped on everybody,” Willis said, adding he was surprised by the enthusiasm with which the students performed. “Those kids were amazing. ... It was stunning, absolutely stunning and I can’t say how proud I am of these kids.”

Willis said the robotics program is already a success, but he expects it to continue to grow and set the bar for other area programs. He added he hopes the school in the future will expand the program to all grade levels possible.

“I can’t stress enough, even though I’ve only been at it for five years, this is going to be a winning program,” he said. “My vision is to have a whole robotics league.”

In other agenda business, the school board:

• Asked for more information on insurance and safety precautions to be brought before the board before approving the high school trip to France or the school trip to Washington.

• Discussed the levy failure and scheduled a public work session for 5 p.m. Tuesday in the MAC to discuss the board’s options and in hopes of coming to a decision on its next steps. 

• Heard the school open house will be held Aug. 20

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