NEWPORT — A spring track program will be offered to junior high school students in SAD 48 as the result of a school board decision Tuesday night.
Athletic Director Jim Boothby outlined a trial program to bring interested junior high school students from the district towns to Nokomis Regional High School to practice with the high school coaches.
The program is primarily an instructional league, he said, to provide an opportunity for the younger students to have a track experience. Competition may be limited to a couple of meets, he said.
The only obstacle to the new sport was school board approval for busing students from the district junior high schools to the high school. While the cost was minimal, it was the time involved that board members objected to more.
Board members were adamant that the new program should disrupt classes as little as possible. Ultimately, it approved the program with a limitation that practices be kept to no more than three days a week to reduce the amount of time children would miss classes at their respective schools to travel to Nokomis.
In another matter, the board approved a job description for the assistant to the superintendent. With current assistant Fred Raynes’ plans to retire this spring, the search has begun for a re- placement.
The new assistant will be responsible for the financial management and monitoring of the district, along with personnel responsibilities. Once a new person is chosen, the superintendent’s job description will be reviewed to reflect any changes in responsibility.
Ten teachers were granted continuing contracts after serving two years under probationary contracts. Eight teachers were granted second-year probationary contracts.