WRV board hears from parent about her daughter's basketball plans
SWITZ CITY -- The White River Valley Board of School Trustees met in special session Thursday night to conduct a budget hearing.
Parent Lynn Winniger spoke on behalf of her daughter, a sixth grader at WRV Lyons. She asked the board what decision they had reached regarding her daughter's wish to play basketball at WRV Worthington.
Superintendent Layton Wall spoke for the board and replied, "There are low numbers of students at Lyons this year. We've discussed whether we should combine the programs for larger numbers. The board has decided not to combine programs. We believe your daughter should remain at Lyons to play basketball since she doesn't attend the Worthington school."
Winnegar then asked, "If there aren't enough girls to make up a team, is my daughter just not going to play ball?"
Superintendent Wall answered, "At this point, we think there's enough for a team. If the numbers aren't there, we're going to look at the situation and analyze it. There's no question that we want her to play."
Winnegar commented, "I think this is a shame that the board is taking this avenue."
In other action, the board:
*Accepted the resignation of Matt Hockman as 5th grade Girls' Basketball Coach and hired Mark Graves to fill that position. Hockman will coach the 6th grade girls.
*Accepted the resignation of Gary Frye as 5th grade basketball coach at Worthington.
*Accepted the resignation of Eric Waggoner, 5th grade coach at Lyons.
*Approved the application of Tom Shelton as 5th grade basketball coach.
*Approved an overnight trip to Bloomington for seventh and eighth grade girls for a conference.
*The board approved Laura File to act as mentor to new teacher Amy Jackson and Kim Overman will mentor Elizabeth Evans. There is a two-year mentoring requirement for new teachers. The mentors will receive a $600 stipend.