The Lyon County Board of Education meeting Monday evening began with several student and staff recognitions, including:

• Seniors Kate Gray, Allye Culp, and Ashlyn Doom, who were recognized for attending the Governor's Scholars Program this summer.

• The Lyon County Softball and Baseball Teams for their accomplishments last season.

• New hires in the school district, including teachers, bus drivers, and other staff.

Lyon County Elementary School Principal Amy Perdue took the floor after the recognitions to give the board an update on new happenings at the elementary school as they begin the school year.

Some of the new things happening at the school this year include two new fifth grade teachers, new intercom and lock systems, a full-time math interventionist, laptops for every fourth and fifth grader, and a new computer lab in the lower level of the school media center.

Perdue also spoke about the new BB&T-sponsored sensory room in the elementary school, and about plans to add to their memorial garden this spring in honor of long-time volunteer Anne Webber.

The school has also implemented several new communication strategies, including twitter hashtags, the Class Dojo app (and a corresponding reward system for students), a Monday message email from Perdue to parents each week, and newsletters sent home by teachers each Monday.

Superintendent Russ Tilford told the board that the new cooling tower, which was installed at the elementary school over the summer, will be fully completed shortly. He also stated there will be a tax hearing held Thursday to discuss the fiscal year 2019 tax rate, but said the district did not plan to raise taxes from the previous year.

The Lyon County Board of Education meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the District Conference Center. Its next regular meeting will be Sept. 16.