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Athletic Field to Get Sideline Turf
By Mike Scott
Clark County Indian football players and visiting teams won’t have to stand in the mud along the sidelines of the football field this season, thanks to the work of the Clark County Football Association.
At the Thursday, July 9 meeting of the CCR-1 School Board, Thad Trump and Troy Kiger, representing the association, pitched the sideline turf idea to the board.
“We’re interested in installing it from the 30 yard line to the 30-yard line, on both sides of the field,” Trump said. They hope to have in installed before the football season begins.
One obstacle will be the runways for the long jump and triple jump, used during track season, but Jason Church told the board that those runways already needed work this year.
The association is also interested in helping the district eliminate standing water under and south of the bleachers by re-grading and adding rock.
The board approved the sideline turf on 5-0 vote, with two members absent.
In other business, the heard a report on summer school. Elementary principal Ryan Bergeson told the board that students in grades K-9 had an 82% average attendance during the summer session. They took several field trips, included trips to Bentonsport, Iowa, Memphis Theater, CARE, Kahoka Bowl and Bonkers.
The board the district’s Professional Development Plan, of which the purpose is to encourage professional growth of both new and experienced teachers. Their five goals include curriculum assessment, promotion of technology in the classroom, instructional program evaluation, mentoring beginning teachers and assisting the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
“We have a lot of money available to spend on professional development this year,” said CCR-1 Superintendent Ritchie Kracht.
The board approved changes to the district’s student handbooks. Changes this year will prohibit gambling at school and carrying incendiary devices.
“Lots of times we’ll find a lighter, but students will be hiding cigarettes in places we can’t search,” said High School Principal Jason Harper. “We’ll be able to take some action if we just find a lighter.”
Other changes at will address sexual activity and sexually explicit, vulgar, or violent material. Pocket knives will also be banned. Previously, blades of less than three inches were allowed, but some students have started carrying box cutters.
High School students must see teachers for homework assignment prior to missing class for activities. Teacher can now give “zeroes” if students do not see them for assignments.
Students at the high school will no longer be able to graduate or leave school until they are 17, due to changes in Missouri state law.
The board agreed to purchase one new school bus from Central Bus Sales, at a cost of $74,905. If additional funds are provided by the state, the district will purchase a second, handicapped accessible bus for $79,824.
In a final action, the board set its annual tax rate hearing for 7:00 PM on August 13.