Ness City – a county seat town of 1,440 people – sits on the edge of western Kansas’ High Plains. The school district has about 150 students – making it a small 2A, in Kansas standards.
But being in a remote area doesn’t faze Superintendent Derek Reinhardt and his teachers, who are implementing innovative ideas to give students the best learning opportunities.
That includes in the school’s shop.
With Reinhardt’s support, industrial education teacher Brent Kerr is embracing project-learning concepts. Last year, with the brainstorming of ESSDACK’s Kevin Honeycutt, of Inman, one of Kerr’s classes designed and built a “GOdium” – a suitcase that can store a traveling speaker’s equipment and other items, then turn into a podium.
Honeycutt travels around the world for his educational consulting job and thought Kerr’s entrepreneur class could create and sell the product he dreamed up. He wanted something he could carry to the airport but would turn into a podium on stage so he can play his guitar, said Kerr.