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April 16, 2021

3/23/2021 9:47:00 AM
Iowa-Grant board denies dual sport participation

The Iowa-Grant school board voted against allowing student dual sport participation at their monthly meeting Monday.
The board heard reasons for allowing dual sport participation for this year from Athletic Director Casey Clausius and Principal Chris Gotto. The administrators felt with the COVID year that students should be allowed dual participation and also because Track and Field is new and being offered for the first time.
Clausius and Gotto said not everyone would be allowed to dual sport and would have to be able to handle dual participation both physically and educationally. They felt a one year basis would work with it being re-evaluated during the summer.
Clausius added that the coaches were not in favor of dual participation initially but are now willing to give it a chance and see how it works.
Two boys did dual sports in the fall as it was not determined if there would be football. They went out for cross country but when football became a reality they wanted to do both. The board, at that time, decided to allow dual participation.
Clausius said he had no strong feeling one way or another but is willing to take it on.
"I feel it is manageable with the COVID season then re-evaluate it after the spring season," Clausius said.
Gotto agreed that it would be worth allowing dual sports this season with an evaluation during the summer.
After discussion the board voted 5-1 to deny dual sport participation.
In other business the board:
-approved the second reading of Ad Hoc policies.
-approved option A for the school calendar which includes a staff service day for community service.
-approved the retirement of Chris Winkels who has taught special education for 41 years, the last nine at Iowa-Grant.
-learned Sage Soman has been named valedictorian and Nick Connelly salutatorian of the class of 2021.
-The board received and approved a schedule for summer school and transportation to the Montfort pool after classes for swim lessons.
-heard summer school plans which would include 4 days in June, July and August. There will be offerings for sports skills development and a summer play.
-a discussion took place on prom and the board decided there would not be a dance this year. All donations were offered back but most asked to leave the donations with the school.
Funds in the senior treasury may be used for a trip or senior prizes. Money in the junior class can go to a more extensive senior class trip.
The board voted to not hold the dance in May but will allow the class advisors to come up with an alternate plan.
-Early College Credit and Start College Now requests were approved.
The board heard a request for early graduation from senior Marcus Parrish and approved it.
-The board heard reports from the building and grounds, curriculum, personnel and Ad-Hoc reopening committees.
-Under building use the present plan will continue with just Iowa-Grant students able to use the facilities.

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