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  • Soccer won’t be added to Newburg athletics; proposal fails after 4-3 vote

  • After much discussion, the Newburg Board of Education voted not to add a soccer program to the high school's roster of sports Thursday during their monthly meeting.
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  • After much discussion, the Newburg Board of Education voted not to add a soccer program to the high school's roster of sports Thursday during their monthly meeting.
    Financial concerns and lack of logistics seemed to be the biggest issues in the 4-3 vote. Members of the board wanted specifics on dollar amounts for coaches, officials and team travel expenses.
    Superintendent John Westerman said there is not money currently not in the budget for another sports program.
    Board members Jim Macormic, Diana Dean and Matt Brookshire voted in favor of adding the program, while Carol Fletcher, Nita Mihlfeld, Glen Suschanke and board president Clay Austin opposed it.
    "It was close, and disappointing, but not the end," said Mark Dean, from the Doolittle Lions Club.
    Dean gave his pitch to the board for soccer during the board of education's April meeting.
    It was then that Dean explained he gathered a number of local sponsors who would help with such things as uniforms and concessions as well as getting a field adjacent to the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District up to par in terms of playability.
    "We appreciate the school board being careful stewards of limited resources," Dean said about the board's decision. "There is a lot of support from students and community that we did not bring to bear, and along with Title IX issues, I thought it would be a fairly easy decision for the board. Like it's said in  the movie 'Field of Dreams,' ― 'Build it and they will come.' That just may become our motto."
    In other business, Westerman reported the district received "glowing reviews" from a team who visited the schools to evaluate the district in its implementation of the professional learning community (PLC) model.
    The idea behind a PLC is to improve schools by bringing together combinations of individuals or groups who have an interest in education. That could mean a grade-level teaching team, a high school department or even an entire school district.
    "I am really proud of teachers in both buildings of the job you are doing. I think we are people who are experts on this," added Westerman. "It is a real boost to both schools (secondary and elementary). "
    High School Principal Steve Guffey reported that he is excited about the district's summer school program. He noted that the elementary school students will be on a rotating schedule so the same students will not be with the same teachers all day.
    "I'm hoping that we will have a lot of high school students sign up as well," he said. "We'll have some neat things going on."
    Finally, the board discussed options as it related to beginning a day care program on the school's property. Board members decided to table that topic and look into finding out more information on beginning a day care.
    Page 2 of 2 - Newburg High School's commencement is this Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the school gym.
    The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 19.

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