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A relatively small crowd was present for the January 9 School board meeting for Mount Ayr Community School.
The agenda item that received the most discussion, was the motion to allow the high school gymnasium to be open on Wednesday evenings.
The purpose of the opening is for the use by the Southwest Iowa volleyball team, a local intramural group, that offers non school sponsored games and clinics for students in the region.
The discussion grew out of concerns that the addition of more extracurricular would place to much stress on students, as well as interfering with time usually reserved for family and church activities.
After some discussion, the board chose to table the decision pending further review.
The board discussed the business item of adopting an Amanda the Panda agreement with Everystep of Iowa.
Amanda the Panda is a grief and youth mental health services program which offers counseling to students in need, free of charge, pending parental consent.
The motion to use the Amanda the Panda services was passed without dissent.
There was one hiring and two resignation approved by the board Monday night. Brad Shaha will be joining the School staff as a volunteer wrestling coach pending his certification, and Coleen Minnick and Jen Mercer will be retiring at the end of the school year.
Other items discussed and passed without objection were; the approval of both a butterbraids and donkey basketball fundraisers, the continuation of the Souther Tier Wrestling program, accepting bids for a new 88 passenger bus, and the approval administrative bills.