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Winter coaching positions approved

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Education

Much of the October 28 Fillmore Central School Board meeting was in discussion over winter coaching positions and scheduling of events. Athletic Director Jane Montgomery included a list of the number of students signed up for boys and girls basketball and wrestling.

Because of the lower number of girls, 23, signed up for basketball, it was questioned whether three coaches were necessary. Chairman Sue Sikkink said they usually average in boys basketball 10 students per coach. Sikkink asked if it was doable to have one head coach and one junior high coach with one volunteer assistant. The hire of two coaches, Sarah Tollefsrud and Aaron Mensink for girls basketball, with Deb Ristau as the volunteer, was approved.

Montgomery said she would like to have all the girls basketball players transported on one bus, varsity and junior high. However, parents are concerned about their junior high girls getting home too late. In order to satisfy this concern of parents and to use only one bus for transportation, junior high games will start at 5:00 p.m. and varsity will start at 6:15 p.m. This should allow the bus to return before 9:00 p.m.

Montgomery said other athletic directors and superintendents are fine with this. Some parents are concerned about two family members playing in two different games at the same time. Montgomery suggested this has always been a problem. She said the key thing is to have consistency. Sikkink said if other districts are willing to cooperate, we should go along with it, which will save the district money.

About 51 students were signed up for boys basketball. The board approved five coaches for boys basketball including Heath Olstad, Keith Larson, Tris Tollefson, Jason Schwarz, and Steve Lindstrom.

Thirty-one students were signed up for wrestling with fifteen of those from Lanesboro. Montgomery said Joe Cullen was willing to be part time again. The wrestling coaches were approved including Nate Carlson, Allen Lafleur and Joe Cullen.

Principal Reports:

High School Principal Heath Olstad said Homecoming overall was a fun week October 5-9. He noted the attendance at the dance was low.

Parent/teacher conferences for the end of the quarter will be November 5 through 12 from 4:00 through 7:00 p.m. for all grades. The Falcon Scholar Club Awards Ceremony will be November 18 at 9:10 a.m. The Three Rivers Honors Music Festival will be in Rushford on November 10.

K-8 Principal Myrna Luehmann was pleased that Brenda Pohlman from Fillmore County Public Health came to the school to inform the staff on H1N1. Luehmann said that because of the number of students and length of some absences, there were some incompletes on report cards sent out October 30. She added there are still a number of students out. On the worst days 10 to 15 percent of students were absent. There will be an opportunity for make-up work for the incompletes.

Luehmann reported teachers will have a workshop day on November 13.

There will be a trip for seventh graders to Eagle Bluff on November 2-4.

Other Business in Brief:

• The resignation of Mrs. Kayla Peterson from her position as the lead teacher in daycare was accepted. Craig Britton praised her work for daycare, saying she did a terrific job. Monica Pierce will be hired to fill the position along with Heather Grinell in a part time position pending the results of routine background checks.

• A special board meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. on November 5 in Preston to meet with Aaron Hess from A & F Consulting. The planned HVAC upgrade for the summer of 2010 will be discussed.

• A revised district mission statement was approved. It was finalized by teachers on October 14. Luehmann commented that a graphic with the statement shows that the emphasis is on the students.

• A quit claim deed and resolution was approved for one-quarter acre that had been given to the school district back in 1943 to add to an earlier donation to make an area large enough for a ball diamond near Harmony - District #62. The donation was never recorded and the buyer of the property has to have a clear title. The current buyer's attorney is Steve Corson. The school board approved the quit claim deed as long as there is no cost to the school district.

• Mike Novak, a licensed math teacher, was hired as a long term substitute for Mrs. Mueller during her child care leave.

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