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By Carmen Ensinger
The big news shared at the Greenfield School Board meeting on Oct. 18 was a video that has come out on YouTube recently.
The video is by the Bayer Corporation and features the Greenfield FFA who received a $5,000 grant from Bayer through the Bayer Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Bayer believes that local farmers know best which institutions and programs in their communities deserve funding so they rely on these farmers to nominate these entities for the funding.
Greenfield farmer Darold Range nominated the Greenfield FFA to receive the $5,000 grant. But not only did they receive the $5,000 grant, which they used to help restore the farm they purchased two years ago to help students get hands on experience with animals, but Bayer brought a camera crew to Greenfield to shoot a commercial.
That commercial is out now and can be seen on YouTube. It features several Greenfield FFA students, FFA sponsor Beth Burrow talking about the program and Range, who talks about why he nominated the program for the grant.
If that wasn’t accolades enough, go to the americasfarmers.com website and both Burrow and Range are featured on the webpage.
“It is pretty impressive what they have done over there with that building,” Greenfield Superintendent Kevin Bowman said. “But it is really impressive to see them be recognized for it by Bayer through this commercial. I don’t know how many other schools they went to, but I’m sure not too many.”
Bowman reported that the district received a perfect score when it came to providing for its students with disabilities.
“We received a perfect score in the area of special education when it came to serving our students with disabilities,” he said. “As a small school, it is really hard to get a perfect score because we don’t have the volume of students the larger districts do. But the perfect score says we are on track and doing what we should be doing.”
Ag teacher Beth Burrow discussed with the board the possibility of investigating an ag trip through Europe in the summer of 2023.
“She had some different ideas and some possible places they were interested in going, but ultimately they would leave it up to the students and let them choose where they would like to go,” Bowman said. “It would be a good educational thing for them and since it wouldn’t be until 2023 it would give them time to fundraise for it and their monthly payments would be less.”
The board accepted a three-year notice of retirement for science teacher John Bayless who teaches at both the high school and junior high. Bayless will finish out this year and teach three more years before he retires.
The board hired McKenzee Coffey as a teacher’s aide and Hillary Hough as secretary at the elementary school.