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March 28, 2020

3/3/2020 10:08:00 AM
I-G School Board approves overnight stay of wrestlers, transportation of cheerleaders, and land contract resolution

By Carley Rider
On February 25, the Iowa-Grant school board met in a non-regular monthly meeting to further discuss the land contract presented by the Mineral Point school district.
The board made an amendment to the agenda to add the discussion and decision of an overnight stay for individual state wrestling qualifiers, coaches, managers, cheerleaders, and the cheer advisor.
At their regular monthly meeting, the board discussed a land contract brought by Feb 9, the board had declined the full motion for Mineral Point to attach four properties to be detached from IG school district. The Iowa-Grant school board discussed land swap of Timothy and Amanda Baker's land for the rest of David McMillan's property that would go back to IG, which must be approved by Mineral Point as well. Part of the McMillan property is already in Iowa-Grant School District. The board does not plan to detach the other three proposed properties to the Mineral Point school district, something the three land owners prefered. The board believes this resolution is a fair way to go about the land transfer, helping to ensure each party has gained something from the contract.
With the amendment to the agenda, the board discussed an overnight wrestling trip for wrestlers, managers, and cheerleaders. The board approved the overnight trip for state qualifying wrestlers and managers in its own motion.
Last year the district said it would not pay for hotels of cheerleaders for individual state in consideration of attendance for duals and tournaments. This year, there was an exchange of misinformation, leading the cheer squad to be told at the beginning of the season that they were not being funded to attend state entirely and that they were not able to fundraise.
A go-fund-me was set up within the past week with the hopes of sending the cheerleaders to state. The board brought up that all fundraising activities must first be approved if being done through the school or school extracurriculars. As the go-fund-me was not prior approved by the board, they were unsure how to move forward. The board expressed their concerns in regards to how the issue was handled, up until members of the board and administrators were contacted directly.
Renee Linsheid had investigated the topic prior to the meeting by contacting other schools on how cheerleaders have been funded to attend state, if funded at all. Many area cheer teams are able to attend the state tournament through funds raised by booster clubs and other organizations. The board approved supplying transportation for the cheerleaders to and from state.

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