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Hockey details emerge at school board meeting

The colors of the new Lake County hockey team have been decided: black, white and silver. At the Lake Superior School District school board meeting last week, Bill Crandall, interim superintendent, presented the equipment budget for the team. It needs $11,000 to pay for uniforms with the new colors as well as some new equipment. The name for the team has not been decided, but will be by the next board meeting in October. Crandall said the schools will form a committee that will gather suggestions for a team name, narrow them down to a top three and then the students at William Kelley and Two Harbors high schools will vote.

In other business, Mary Carroll, vocal music instructor at the William Kelley, asked for the okay to begin a new fundraiser this year--selling fruit. The choir and band will be raising money for a trip to Nashville that will be taken in the spring.

Forrest Johnson, coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Program for Lake County, came to inform the board about some new initiatives. SHIP will be organizing a safe routes to school day on Oct. 3 to encourage kids in Two Harbors to walk to school. Johnson said parents had raised safety concerns about their kids walking to school alone and said SHIP would organize stations or perhaps a walking school bus to keep kids safe.

He also asked for support in creating a wellness coalition made up of students, parents and school staff to look more closely at the school wellness policies in Two Harbors and see how it could be improved.

School board members expressed interest in SHIP and Johnson's initiatives and gave him some more ideas for the program.

The board had a lengthy discussion about fundraising policies in the district after Joe Nicklay, principal for William Kelley schools, informed the board of French Club efforts to raise money. The students of French Club are planning a trip to France this summer, and their parents held a bake sale and are planning a French dinner to raise money for their students. Nicklay said the fundraising is outside of board jurisdiction because it is parents raising money independently and then donating it to the students, but the parents and French club wanted the board to be aware of their efforts. The board agreed that the fundraising policy needs to be reviewed and perhaps updated regarding who can plan fundraisers for whom and how often they can occur. There was also discussion about a booster club, like those that exist for athletics, that would raise money for fine and language arts.

Finally, the board discussed a letter they'd received about policies for student athletes travelling to away events. Currently, students are required to ride the school bus to events and can be picked up by parents after the event if they provide a written note. The board discussed allowing parents to pick up children that aren't their own with written permission, and most members agreed that the policy requiring students to ride on the bus to away games should remain in place.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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