Head football coach, budget on school board agenda
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Mount Ayr will be looking for a new head varsity football coach following action at Monday’s meeting of the school district’s board of directors.
The board accepted the resignation of co-head coach Derek Lambert during the personnel portion of the meeting.
The resignation comes on the heels of the recent announcement of the retirement of co-head coach Delwyn Showalter.
Showalter and Lambert had coached the Raiders since 2001, amassing a 135-58 record. Those 135 wins are the most by any football head coach in school history. The duo also have taken the Raider football program to 12 postseason appearances.
In other personnel action, the board approved contracts for Kristen Graham and Mariah Mason as co-head volleyball coaches, Carley Carrall as assistant softball, Bret Ruggles as assistant golf coach, and Amy Shields as middle school volleyball coach.
The board accepted the resignation of Kylie Wilson as drill team coach.
The board reviewed the district budget for FY2021 and set a date for the budget public hearing on Monday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Superintendent Joe Drake reported that because property valuations across the school district had increased by an estimated $53 million, the budget carries a reduced levy rate of $13.67943, down from the $14.68 rate in this year’s budget.
In other business, the board:
• approved a change order in the athletic complex lighting project. Because the delivery of a new electrical transformer would take too long to fit into the time frame to complete the lighting upgrade at the baseball and softball fields, the board approved the purchase of a rebuilt transformer at a saving of approximately $1,500. The refurbished unit also carries a longer warranty than a new unit.
• approved the purchase of new smartboards for the elementary.