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Welcoming new board members and purchase of athletic equipment were among agenda items at the Monday, December 13 meeting of the Mount Ayr Community Schools board of education.
The board’s annual reorganization meeting was the first for newly elected members Zachary Lynch and Russell Schuitema.
Brandi Shay was again elected board president with PJ West serving as vice president.
Upon the recommendation from football coaches and players, the board approved the purchase of 30 new helmets from Rydell rather than sticking with helmets from Schutt, the maker of helmets currently worn by Raider players.
The recommendation cited the difference in comfort and fit of the Rydell helmets.
The cost of the new helmets was $13,284.95.
The board also approved the purchase of four shot clocks for use in basketball next season.
Two clocks from Fairplay can be integrated into the existing Fairplay scoreboards in the high school gym at a cost of $10,201.
Two smaller Fairplay clock units for use in the junior high gym cost an additional $3,980.
The use of shot clocks for high school games has been mandated by the Iowa High School Athletic Association beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.
The board accepted resignations from Andrea Main and Emily Barber as high school associates.
The board approved the hiring of Tara Murphy as a high school associate and Victoria Victor to serve as co-head wrestling cheer coach with Stephanie Hosfield.
The board also approved Shannon Shields to serve as a volunteer bowling coach.
In other business the board:
• voted down a policy to offer an early retirement incentive for district staff. After a lengthy discussion, the board voted 3-2 against the proposal, with board members PJ West and Russell Schuitema voting in favor and members Craig Winemiller, Zachary Lynch and Brandi Shay voting no.
• learned 329 students took part in the recent Career and College Fair at the high school.
• approved the district’s Return to Learn plan as required by the state. Details of the plan can be found on the district’s website.
• approved an application for $215,292 in drop out prevention allowable growth funding.
• approved a request from the FFA chapter to attend the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO in January.
• briefly discussed a proposal to move the sixth grade to the middle school building beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.