Royalton students showcase their work for the Board

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Royalton’s award-winning Fluid Power Challenge teams presented their work to the School Board Feb. 19.

The three teams, along with their adviser, Marty Bratsch, showed the Board a start-to-finish progression of their work. The Royalton teams earned three of the top five awards at the Fluid Power Challenge in St. Paul. It was their first year competing.

Team members were: Randale Fernelius, Brandi Kloss, Allison Moga. Molly Presler, Nathan Psyck, Janeille Schaubhaut, Lanae Sieben, Brittny Tiemann, Alicia Tresco, David Wimer and Austin Zapzalka.

The three teams received kits that included tools and supplies. Over a few weeks’ time, they worked on the Challenge scenario to design mechanisms, develop a portfolio, build and test a prototype for their fluid power mechanisms.

Following the fluid power team’s presentation, Maddie Block and Autumn Lanners spoke about the proposed used oil recycling site to be established in Royalton.

“My dad built a new shop and he heats the shop with used oil,” Lanners said.

Lanners’ father worked with Patty Carlson from East Side Oil, who told him about used oil recycling locations in Rice and Pierz. He suggested that Lanners talk about doing that in Royalton.

So Lanners took the idea to Youth Energy Summit (YES) leader Marty Bratsch, Royalton’s technology education instructor.

“Mr. Bratsch really liked the idea,” Lanners said. “I met with Patty to get information, and she showed me a model.”

Carlson attended a YES meeting and went through everything with the students.

“They’re very excited about the project,” she said. “They’re such innovative young people; I’m very proud of them. For young people to do that shows maturity beyond their years. To do something for the community that’s going to last a long time shows a lot of forethought.”

Lanners will have the model when she makes a presentation to the Royalton City Council Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the City Complex.


Other business that came before the Royalton School Board at its Feb. 19 meeting included:

• Discussing a request by the elementary school teachers to utilize more than 10 of the 30 parking spaces in the new parking lot. This was tabled pending more information;

• Being introduced to new Title I elementary paraprofessional Katie Boser. She is a Pierz native with a degree from St. Cloud State University;

• Learning from Supt. Jon Ellerbusch that 100 percent of Royalton teachers are teaching in their licensed area;

• Accepting a donation of $500 from Pine Country Bank and a donation of $254.96 from the Royalton Wrestling Club, both for the climbing wall project. To date, about $8,000 of the $10,000 needed for the climbing wall has been received;

• Approving the FY 2013 budget as presented at $6,874,775;

• Learning that 44 students registered at the recent kindergarten registration night event;

• Naming Council Members Liz Verley and Dale Lenz to attend the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) 35th annual meeting of the representative assembly;

• Learning that legal counsel has reviewed the agreement drawn up for displaying advertising signs on the varsity baseball and varsity softball fields. The Board agreed to move forward by soliciting advertisers;

• Authorizing the hiring of Kathy Kloss-Goecken as a van driver;

• Approving the expansion of free breakfast to seventh and eighth graders, in addition to the sixth graders already being served. The cost will be covered by a surplus in the food service fund.

The next meeting of the Royalton School Board will be a safety meeting Monday,  March 11, at 6 p.m. at the high school.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board will be March 18, at 6 p.m. at the high school.