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Montezuma wrestling to share with Tri-County

The Montezuma wrestling program will share the mat this winter with wrestlers from Tri-County, following a move by the Montezuma Board of Education last week.

The board approved a two-year sharing agreement with Tri-County Community Schools to share the program at its Wednesday, Sept. 16 meeting.

Montezuma Superintendent Dave Versteeg said declining numbers was the reason for the move. He said the program would be re-evaluated after two years, in hopes that it can return to Montezuma.

“We are hoping to have our own program at that time,” said Superintendent Versteeg.

In related sports news, the board heard a proposal by teacher and coach Ryan Van Veen to move the weight room from its current location of the locker room to the student fitness center. While no official action was taken at this time, there was general support by the board to make this move. A couple of details will be worked out and the proposal will be on the October meeting agenda.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• Heard a presentation from Superintendent Versteeg on Monte 2020.

• Canvassed the Sept. 8 school board election results. Re-elected for four-year terms were Steve Audas and Vince Johnson.

The revenue purpose statement was also approved with 82 percent of the voters saying yes.

• Adjourned the old board and organized the new board. Pete Ross was elected president, Doug Johnston was elected vice-president.

• Appointed Barb Albin board secretary and Don Longhurst as board secretary pro-temp.

Approved the Annual Yearly Progress. (AYP) goals in the areas of reading, math and science for 2009-10. The goals and results were:

Reading: 70 percent of ninth-graders would exceed their spring to spring growth target on the MAP test. 55.6 percent did this.

Math: 75 percent of eighth-graders would exceed their spring to spring growth target on the MAP test. 67.9 percent did this.

Science: 60 percent of seventh-graders would exceed their spring to spring growth target on the MAP test. 36.1 percent did this.

• Approved depository banks for the 2009-10 school year. Peoples Savings Bank - General Fund not to exceed $2 million; Hot Lunch to exceed $125,000; Management Fund not to exceed $500,000; and the Trust and Agency Fund not to exceed $100,000. Montezuma State Bank – Schoolhouse Funds not to exceed $500,000; Activity Fund not to exceed $300,000, and the Capital Projects Fund not to exceed $1 million.

• Approved a bid of $3,170 from the C.H. McGuiness Company of Des Moines to repair the junior high boiler.

• Passed a resolution for the school board review committee.

• Had discussion on the bus barn progress, overall facility plans, and possible early retirement package.

It was also noted that homecoming is Oct. 2.

The next regular meeting of the board is Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.

UPDATED September 23, 2009 9:17 AM

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