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Linton-Stockton school trustees consider revisions to elementary athletic policy

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Linton-Stockton School Corp. Board of School Trustees got a first look at revisions to the elementary school athletic policy Monday, changes which aim to make policies more appropriate for younger students.

The revisions, given a first reading Monday, will be voted upon in the board's December session.

The changes mean the elementary policy, which once largely duplicated the middle school and high school policies, adopts a more plainspoken, direct language younger kids can better understand, said Superintendent Nick Karazsia.

"Really, Mr. (Athletic Director Bert) Berns and Mr. (Principal Kent) Brewer wanted to take the policy and make it more appropriate and more meaningful to elementary students," Karazsia explained.

Among the topics covered: sportsmanship, manners, teamwork -- and the fact parents and students who buy tickets to the games are expected to be polite while supporting their teams. Admission's not a ticket to be verbally abusive, the policy notes.

"By the time kids get to high school, or even middle school, they understand these things. For the elementary school, we think we needed to be a bit more specific," Karazsia said, though he added no problems have arisen regarding behavior at games.

"It's more a precaution."

Trustees praised the behavior of students, parents and fans, even during high stakes games like Friday's semi-state where the Miners narrowly lost to Indianapolis Scecina.

"I was talking to some people from another school," said Trustee Ralph Witty. "And they told me they were amazed at our fans. They said 'We don't understand your fans because they get behind everything, and cheer every play.' It actually intimidates the other teams a little bit, I think, because of the way we crowd around the field, right on the sidelines. We really circle the wagons."

Also Monday, trustees approved a debt service resolution, standard for the end of every year, where funds may be temporarily transferred from one school fund to another temporarily to cover debts as needed.

"We do this every year," Karazsia explained.

Trustees also accepted a $100 donation from Crop Production Services to the school's FFA program, and further accepted a scholarship program sponsored by the same company's representative Bill Fuller.

"He's just been an excellent supporter of the FFA," Karazsia said.

That annual scholarship will be given to an FFA member, and its amount may vary, per discussion, but it is expected to begin at $100.

School trustees also unanimously approved several new hires and appointments:

* Barbara Elmore was hired for food services, effective Nov. 19.

* Brooke Feaster was hired as the elementary instructional assistant.

* Nikki Daluga-Guenther was named the new high school musical director.

* Matt Fougerousse was hired as the high school baseball coach.

* Kevin Allen was named the assistant high school baseball coach.

* Ted Williams was appointed the volunteer assistant high school baseball coach.

* Ruan Fougerousse was named high school softball coach.

* Chris Followell was selected as assistant high school softball coach.

* Katie West was named volunteer assistant softball coach.

* Brian Oliver was named the assistant track coach for the boys and girls squads.

* Derek Bradbury was named the high school boys golf coach.

* Chris Taylor was named the volunteer assistant high school boys golf coach.

* Nathan Skinner was named the high school girls tennis coach.

* Ryan Baker was named the middle school girls tennis coach.

* A.J. Robison was hired as the middle school's full-time substitute teacher.

Trustees also accepted the resignation of Beth Wolfe as the high school instructional assistant, effective Jan. 1.

Additionally, trustees rescinded the appointment of Bobby Cox as a volunteer elementary boys basketball coach.

Rescindments occur when volunteers are unable to participate in necessary coaching seminars, per discusson.

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