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Leonard gives state softball team recap

September 17, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Estherville Lincoln Central athletic Brad Leonard gave a recap of this past year's softball season to the ELC Board of Education Monday night.

ELC lost 1-0 in the semifinal game against Solon and placed fourth overall.

Calling the softball team "the highlight of our activities for quite a while," Leonard lauded the team and introduced coach Megan Anderson who talked about the team's workout regimen that goes throughout the year except for six weeks off at the end of the season. After that, it's back to practice at the Christensen building on the Iowa Lakes campus where girls continue to practice Sundays.

Anderson said the players are also mentoring a new cadre of players - some as young as second grade - to fill their ranks in the future.

Anderson has contacted the college to have their players pitch to ELC's. The ELC girls did a free clinic last summer with over 40 kids attending.

In other business Monday, middle-school principal Deb Lenertz introduced new faculty and discussed curriculum. She said there are plans for a math team representing all levels and that will support the Roosevelt building's SINA efforts in math.

Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems said he's working with community groups regarding RWC membership and also partnering with the Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge. He said he's also working with the Estherville City Council on a partnership for a winter swim program.

The board approved salary lane advancements for five staff who have taken additional coursework to move on the salary schedule.

The board also approved a petition to the School Budget Review Committee for $231,000 in allowable growth in the area of special education.

The board also discussed board policy requiring students to carry insurance to participate in athletics. Superintendent Tara Paul said she had discussed the issue with athletic director Brad Leonard and they had determined ELC was the only district in the area that mandated that student athletes carry insurance. Noting that the district has catastrophic coverage for amounts over $25,000, she said she would like to have an option that parents could sign off on insurance coverage. Leonard said he didn't know how the district could absolutely police its current policy, and Paul suggested the district would examine waivers other districts are using.

The board also approved a bid of $2,300 a push for snow removal services from ABC Services. Paul said the figure was within $100 of last year's quote. While last winter was relatively mild, Paul said if we had the same winter as two years ago - which required 21 pushes - the bill could reach $48,000.

The board also named Jodie Greig president and Mike Karels vice president.



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