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September 26, 2020

8/21/2020 10:55:00 AM
IG board approves of SWAL cautions

By Carley Rider
On August 10th, the Iowa-Grant school board held its monthly meeting along with the annual meeting. Once technically difficulties subsided, the board meeting was able to run as usual via Zoom. The board expressed approval of cautions set in place by the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League (SWAL) for fall sports. Information on the Livingston Ball Diamond project was shared. Two staff openings were filled.
The Board expressed approval of cautions set by the SWAL to mitigate risks and still allow athletes the opportunity to compete. These cautions are within current boundaries of the WIAA, although these decisions are subject to change in response to the pandemic. Some of these cautions include only allowing conference games for fall sports although Cross Country can run against regional schools. No SWAL scrimmages will be allowed. Any Volleyball or Cross Country scrimmages will be cancelled. Duals and Triangulars will only be allowed for volleyball. Cross Country will add two additional teams if they can't field full teams. No middle school runners will be allowed to run at these meets. Fan attendance restrictions are to be determined by the district's facility capacity ( 2 or 4 passes per student/athlete). All spectators and coaches, anywhere on campus, must wear a mask of face-covering even if the state mandate is lifted. Athletes actively participating in an event do not have to wear a mask. Other cautions in place are no concessions, no halftime performances, no live music performances (pep band, national anthem). Football cheerleading will be allowed but cheerleading in the gym is to be decided by each district. Once a team goes into the locker room/designated area, they are to stay there until official warm-ups begin. Live streaming will be available at I-G for volleyball on the website for a fee. The district is scheduled to have the system set up to live stream football games also. Homecoming activities will be limited to honoring current and past students.
The Board accepted donations from many stakeholders for the future chicken coops. Donations were made by Allegiant Oil, LLC, Badger Welding Supplies Inc., Ross Soil Service, Victoria Fritsch, Livingston Co-op Oil Company, Iowa County Farm Bureau, and Montfort Veterinary Service Inc.
The Board accepted Sasha Walrack's resignation. Walrack was a special education assistant for 1 year at IGEMS.
The high school drainage and pavement reconstruction project has been going well and should be done before school starts.
There were not any seclusions or restraints during the 19-20 school year. Laws require districts to avoid secluding and/or restraining students unless it is an emergency situation. Destruction of property is not considered an emergency, but children or adults being physically hurt or endangered is considered an emergency.
Greg Slack shared information in regards to the Livingston Ball Diamond project. The field will be a multipurpose field, and they would like for IG to play baseball there. IG has previously expressed concerns about a portable mound. Slack had done research and found the portable mound they are looking at purchasing for the ball diamond is great quality and would work well.
Bimbo Bakeries was the only bread bid received. The approximate cost increased from $21,521.50 to 23,477.00. Their bid was approved.
The Support Staff and Professional Staff Handbooks were approved as well as a COVID-19 addendum to those. The Student Handbook for the 2020-2021 school year was also approved.
The annual notices were approved and are published on the schools website.
The Board waived milk and extracurricular fees for the first semester.
An addendum to transportation agreement was approved. This addendum clarifies that the school can close 5 days and not compensate WARCO, but after the 5th day, Iowa-Grant will compensate WARCO at 80% of the daily rate.
The girls softball fair fundraiser was approved. Students will not participate in this fundraiser, just coaches and their families.
There will be a dairy box give away at IG on Thursday, August 20th from 5:00-7:00. Please help drum up some interest so the event will be successful. Sheila Ruchti is organizing this.
Following closed session, the board unanimously agreed to hire Lisa Henkel as a cook along with Sarah Montgomery for the 5th grade teacher position.

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