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July 19, 2019

6/21/2019 12:54:00 PM
Fair Day football game a possibility for Barneveld

The Fair Day football game may be returned to Barneveld if certain needs are met, the school board learned last Wednesday.
Representatives of the Mount Horeb/Barneveld youth football program said there has been a mind change along with a change in leadership for the MHB Vikings. They said the new coach wants to involve Barneveld more especially with numbers in football throughout the state decreasing.
"He is willing to discuss having a game played here for Fair Day if it can be worked out," said presenter Jerry Rick.
Working things out would require attention to a place to play since the previous field has not been used for several years. In answer to what would it take to get an area ready, the board was told the goal posts would have to be moved and temporary bleachers would have to be available.
Brett Stousland, Barneveld District Administrator, said the best case scenario would be to have a combined football/softball field.
But getting an area ready would come with some complications, the biggest being the site being considered is also where an auditorium would be added which is in the district's long range plan.
But that may be several or many years off.
"We all want it (the auditorium) next year but realistically a lot of fundraising would have to take place," said board member Tadd Owens. "I am not sure we would see it in my lifetime."
"We will take whatever we can for space," said one of the youth football representatives.
The board and the youth football representatives also discussed possible lights for both football and softball. Portable lights were also discussed.
"The question is do we have enough space left for softball and football to invest in lights," Stousland said. "In the end it is our job to see what is possible. We have some work to do."
Along with the discussion about softball facilities it was pointed out that the village is doing a study on Birch Lake which includes the softball facility there.
"It would be good for the school district to take part in the study with the village," a member of the audience suggested.
Stousland gave a construction update and started it by saying, "I could give you an hour of discussion on this."
Some of the update was evident as the meeting was held in the new library in the new part of the building.
Among the items Stousland discussed were:
-the baskets and scoreboards are up in the new gymnasium and the flooring will be installed over the next month.
-work on area "C" which is the old library is starting soon.
-a potential water problem discovered at the new gym area will be taken care of before flooring goes in.
Stousland later discussed the 2019-20 budget and said everything is basically on track as the end of June nears. He said things look good without factoring a potential $200 per pupil that could come from the state or without taking into consideration open enrollment.
The board discussed filling the vacancies on their committees since Randy Oimoen did not seek re-election. New member Peter Shatrawka said he would take the assignments created by Oimoen's departure.
The board discussed the need for a new, smaller bus which would replace some aging vans. Stousland said any time more than nine people are transported the vans are too small. He said the busses being looked at are between 29 and 36 passenger with three to a seat.
The costs difference between the two are minimal with one costing $57,000 and the other $58,900.
Stousland added that the present vehicles will have their annual inspections in August.
Study will continue on the busses.
The board approved wages for district personnel.
Randy Rickert will be given a 5% raise and a $2000 bonus for his efforts during construction.
Administration and teachers will receive a 2.44% hike which is the consumer price index (CPI).
Custodians not at $15.00 per hour will be increased to that level and those over $15 per hour will receive a $.50 per hour increase.
The board accepted a resignation request from math teacher Mike Fish and hired math teacher Mike Vergeront and tech ed teacher Will Hodgson.
The board discussed a summer board retreat and Stousland said he will send some dates to see what works.

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