Board moves closer to coach recognition

Shanks will bring more details on process

After several months of meetings, the Webster City School District moved a step closer Monday night to establishing a means to recognize coaches for their long careers and winning seasons.

Joe Shanks, athletic director, said he had been meeting with board members Rich Stroner and Eric Patterson, along with a couple of community members, to determine some criteria for which coaches should be recognized and what form that recognition would take.

“That was the complicated part. We got to the point where — how do we decide who gets a field named after them or who’s on a wall of fame outside,” Shanks told the board.

Shanks said the committee decided that the most practical way of recognizing coaches would be through the Hall of Fame recognition in the competition gym at the high school..

“Then the football field would remain Lynx Field. I think that’s the common sense approach,” Shanks said.

Stroner said he would like to see a nomination form placed on the district website so that it would be easy to access by those wishing to make a nomination.

“I had someone reach out to me this weekend and ask where they could find the form,” he said. Stroner also added that he would like to see a deadline for the nominations and an official committee established to review all the nominations. He suggested Shanks, a coach in the sport from which the individual was nominated, a school board member and two community members.

Another board member asked if there would be a cap on the number of individuals recognized each year. Shanks said that although there were 14 individuals inducted into the hall of fame the first year, each year since there have been two to three inducted.

The board voted to have Shanks bring back criteria, a nomination form and recommendations for a committee before approving the recognition method.

The board also approved a contract with William Penn University for hosting student teachers

and practicum students.

A gift from the Williams Lions Club and Summer and NEH Summer Rec for bottle filling stations at the Northeast Hamilton was accepted by the board.

Fundraising requests from the Elementary PTO to sell cookie dough and for the NEH Spirit Club to host a carnival night were approved by the board.t.

A contract recommendation for Arrin Lura, paraeducator, was also approved.

Stroner asked Dr. Mandy Ross, superintendent, about an incident that occurred at a recent football game when two band members took a knee.

“There were several people who were upset by that,” he said. “I guess I’d like to know what their protest was.”

Stroner said he and other members of the American Legion would be willing to meet with the students to discuss their concerns. Ross said she would contact high school officials about the matter.


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