CHESTER- The school board gave approval to Eagle Scout hopeful Hayden Stinson, currently a freshman at Pinkerton Academy, for a community service project to benefit the school. Last year Stinson, a scout with Chester’s Troop 163, had presented an outline of his plans to fulfill the community service project portion of the rank by creating an outdoor picnic/teaching area at the school.
At the board’s March 5 meeting, Stinson explained his progress with the patio project and gave a scheduled timeline for completion. Board members commended Stinson on the detail of his planning.
Stinson plans to create a brick patio, 18 feet by 18 feet, with three picnic tables. He envisions it as a place where teachers can eat lunch as well as utilize it for outdoor activities and events. The Boy Scout presented a four-page plan of the work to the board.
Stinson has already raised enough money to complete the project and has met with facilities manager Don Ennis at the school as well as the town’s building inspector.
The estimated start date for construction is in April. He expects the construction time to span three weekends.
In other school board business:
• Stinson’s name came up again later in the meeting, as he is the first Chester Academy student in recent years to take advanced math courses at Pinkerton. Since Stinson took part, the school has worked to identify advanced math students and sought placement for them in high school courses.
This year, four eighth graders and two seventh graders have been identified as benefiting from such advancement, a fact the school board lauded, not only for the students’ efforts but also for the school district.