Stark County board approves junior high football
By John A. Ballentine
WYOMING – Junior High football for 7th and 8th grades will now be a sanctioned school sport for the next school year. The schedule would be for four to five games of competition with other schools and possibly be played on Thursday nights.
In association with the sport, an inter-governmental agreement between Stark schools and Bradford School District has been passed this week by both school boards. This will allow Bradford students to compete on the Stark County School Jr. High football team.
Playoffs could occur in the future and there would be Sunday games with seven games scheduled, then the playoffs. In an agreement with the Junior Football League (JFL), there is no conflict foreseen.
Stark County Athletic Director Scott Paxson was requested to obtain supplies and to build a schedule for the new additional sport. Equipment could be utilized from the JFL program.
Track coaches Bart Frey and Clint Terwilliger attended the board meeting and requested that Abbi Smith be hired as a paid volunteer assistant track coach. After an Executive Session, the board approved hiring Smith for that position.
Discussion occurred concerning the City of Toulon’s concession stand project. The city wants to build a concession stand near its baseball fields east of the high school and requested to do such on school property. School Superintendent Dr. Nick Sutton suggested selling the City of Toulon a small piece of property for one dollar, so that the concession stand could be built. Although the board agreed, no formal action will occur until April’s meeting.
Dr. Sutton discussed the Junior High/High School campus buildings require that the two buildings need leaky roofs repaired. He also would like to create a centralized office for the two campuses in Toulon and add a secured entrance for the buildings. Sutton asked for formal approval during April’s board meeting.
The board approved moving the scheduled April board meeting from the 15th to the 24th at 6:15 p.m. This would serve to allow any new board members time to prepare after the April election.
Other action after the Executive Session was the honorable dismissal of Melissa Smith and Janet Wilkinson due to a “Reduction in Force.” Also, non-tenured teacher Crystal McRell was not renewed for the upcoming school year.
Melissa Nagode was hired to be family and consumer science teacher for the upcoming school year. Andrew Krabill has resigned as a teacher at Stark County and David DeWolfe has resigned as high school custodian. Also, Caleb Otten has been hired as a district custodian.