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Two meetings for Rugby school board

By Staff | Jun 15, 2018

The Rugby Public School District No. 5 Board of Education held two meetings back to back Monday morning in the Rugby High School board room.

One was to canvas and approve election results for board seats representing precincts two and four, and the other was to discuss regular business.

In the first meeting the board learned that Precinct 2 incumbent Shane Livedalen received 148 votes, and Bethany Mack received one vote as a write-in. Precinct 4 incumbent Dustin Hager received 155 votes, while Wayne Trottier-running as a write-in candidate-received 10 votes and Veronica Beaver and Mike Graner-also running as write-ins-each received one vote. The board approved the election results.

In the ensuing meeting the addition of softball was discussed for a second time. The matter will be taken up again as business when the board will hold its July meeting.

The board met with RHS instructor Shannon Miller, instructor and coach Beau Eriksson, and Chad Hager in the discussion.

Superintendent Mike McNeff said if the school decides to add and sponsor softball, whether the team would be placed in the closest region could not be guaranteed. McNeff said he reached out to Girls Golf coach Leah Johnson and Girls Track & Field coach Bill Jansen for their concerns.

“I believe where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Miller said.

Dustin Hager said two parents spoke to him in support of the addition and he hadn’t received any comments against it.

Chad Hager said enrollment growth may alleviate some concerns.

Erikkson said Title IX-a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination or exclusion from education programs or activities on the basis of sex-was a consideration.

McNeff said he was trying to be impartial about softball’s addition, however the district has budgets and that he understands the political nature around the addition of an activity.

Chad Hager questioned why some high school sports in Rugby are pay to attend while others aren’t. McNeff said that had always been done. Erikkson asked if any thought had been given to athletes paying fees to be in programs, to which McNeff responded that students shouldn’t be discouraged from participating in sports if they can’t afford the fees.

“[We] all want opportunities for our kids,” McNeff said.

In other business the board:

– Approved the second reading of a uniform rotation policy.

– Approved the consent agenda, which contract approvals, one resignation, tuition agreements, bills, and meeting minutes.

School board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month, however the June meeting was rescheduled to view the election results. The meeting in July will take place July 17 to allow one more week for the annual meeting. The August meeting will be held Aug. 7 to approve the district’s preliminary budget.

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