Holgate moves towards offering archery as a club sport | News

HOLGATE – The Holgate Local Schools Board of Education Monday took the next step to offer archery as a club sport for the 2022-23 school year.

The program is currently part of the 21st Century Grant Program, but that will wrap up this year after 10 years. Superintendent Kelly Meyers previously said, in a survey of students in grades four through 11, 65 students expressed an interest in participating in archery next year. The district currently has eight students in the program, although it was noted that it has fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic and the highest number was approximately 25 students one year. However, it was also noted the archery program was only open to middle and high school students in the after-school program, so numbers could vary if it was opened up to a wider range of students.

On Monday, Meyers presented a proposal to the board to offer the program to students in grades five through 12 for the 2022-23 school year and recognize it as a club sport. The district will apply for a $ 2,500 National Archery in the School Program grant for start-up funds, as well as a $ 5,000 Walmart grant, and use any of the funds received to establish the student activity account for the program. The intention is to use those funds to cover initial equipment costs and tournament entry fees.

Three options were presented to the board on how the program could operate, with the board expressing a preference to add a supplemental contract for the head archery coach position, as well as a supplemental contract for an assistant archery coach only if a minimum number of students participate. With that option, the supplemental contracts and transportation will be paid by the board, with all other program costs funded through donations, fundraisers, hosting tournaments and club fees.

Meyers said the next step is to meet with the Holgate Teachers Association to add the supplemental positions to the contract and create a memorandum of understanding. Meyers said she will also be checking on the current equipment inventory in preparation of applying for the grants.

“Anything we can do to help with initial startup costs, I think will be very important, especially if we have a large group of kids,” she said.

A resolution will return to the board for approval.

• Approved a two-year contract with Ellen Pennington as a cook, effective July 1.

• Approved a two-year contract with Gregory Scherer as a part-time building custodian, effective July 1.

• Approved Tara Tietje as a volunteer volleyball coach for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

• Approved the non-renewal of all supplemental contracts.

• Approved a mentor program agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the 2022-23 school year.

• Approved elementary and middle / high school fees for the 2022-23 school year.

• Approved a list of 31 potential graduates for the Class of 2022 upon the completion of required credits.

• Held the first readings of student and coaches / staff handbooks for athletes, elementary and middle / high school.

• Held an executive session to consider the investigation of charges against a regulated individual. No action was reported following the session.

The board’s next meeting will be 6 pm May 23.

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