The Marceline R-5 Board of Education met in regular session at the District’s Central Office on Monday night with all members present. The Board voted against dual participation for Fall and Spring Sports after hearing from a trio of community members on the topic.
Three community members filled out the forms necessary, and addressed the Board of Education about the addition of spring baseball for boys and fall cross country for girls. Each person had three minutes to speak their minds, though none used all of their allotted time.
The first person to address the Board was Paula Wright. Mrs. Wright, who is the photographer of the summer baseball leagues in Marceline, noted that the participation in the summer leagues had grown exponentially in recent seasons. She also expressed her opinion that scholarships were easier to attain in baseball than other sports.
Riley Lucas, who coaches baseball at Bucklin but will have five children in the Marceline School District, noted comments from students at R-5 that they wished they could attend school at Bucklin to play baseball. Mr. Lucas also noted that baseball would not have an effect on football.
The final speaker was Karen Cockrell. She noted that she was the mother of a baseball player, and supported dual participation. She also reiterated the opinion that baseball scholarships were easier to attain.
The consent agenda was approved unanimously after a question by Judy Toops concerning the attendance report in the high school. Mrs. Toops questioned the lower attendance than normal, and Principal Dr. David Kiene reported an issue with a small number of seniors missing school. He reported that the problem was being remedied.
A list of needs was presented to the Board for the District in preparation for a potential bond issue in the future, at no cost to the taxpayers. The list included, but is not limited to: District-wide technology, playground repairs at Disney and the ELC, lockers in the Middle and High School, heating and cooling in the Middle School, Auditorium upgrades, a High School lunchroom, and a second Music instructor to accommodate more options in the program.
At last month’s meeting, Superintendent Gabe Edgar proposed ending the comp time agreement. At this meeting, the Board voted unanimously to end the agreement. Superintendent Edgar reported that overtime will be tracked, and he will report on that quarterly to the Board of Education.
Also at last month’s meeting, the Board was presented with the idea of raising graduation requirements from 24 to 28 credits. The Board adopted this proposal at this meeting, starting with this year’s eighth grade class, by a unanimous measure.