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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
THOMASBORO — School board members must decide whether to field sports teams at Thomasboro Grade School next year.
Superintendent Bonnie McArthur told board members at their monthly meeting last week that the number of students expressing interest in going out for sports next year remains low. Because of low numbers this school year, the school fielded just one boys basketball team, one girls basketball team and one volleyball team.
“We looked at all of our sports for next year,” McArthur said. “For basketball we have 14 interested next year. Our numbers are fairly low as far as interest is concerned.”
The school board is expected to revisit the issue at its March meeting and decide if the grade school will sponsor the teams and, if so, whether they should be combined.
“When you’re sitting with seven girls for basketball ... that’s not a whole lot extra,” McArthur said.
In baseball, three boys participated in the first year of a two-year co-op with Prairieview-Ogden Grade School.
The board learned that the school had only one coach available for boys and girls track, a sport where there are adequate numbers. The board gave McArthur another month to find an assistant coach, and if none could be found, the team would proceed with just one coach. But two days after the meeting, McArthur said Kimberly
Chambers, the school’s junior high science teacher, had stepped up to serve as assistant track coach.
The board also:
• Voted to increase the fee to register students for the year at $80 per student. The previous fee was $70.
• Learned that the school had received the state Spotlight Award for its 2012 ISAT scores — the fourth straight year it had received the award, which is based on making adequate yearly progress.
• Learned the state will become more stringent on cutoff scores on ISAT tests. The rise is formulated to align with new common core standards, which are designed to make student standards and requirements uniform across the nation. ISAT testing will begin the week of March 4.
• Set kindergarten pre-registration from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 3 and 4.
• Approved holding eighth-grade graduation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.
• Voted to keep closed session minutes for July 21-2012-Jan. 15, 2013, closed and voted to destroy the tapes of meetings 18 months old and older (prior to August 2011).