By SAMANTHA PIDDE
The West Carroll Sports Boosters have purchased a new wrestling mat with donations received from the community.
During the Wednesday, May 16, West Carroll School Board meeting, Laura Shelly reported that the Sports Boosters, with the help of Andrew Doty, have raised $8,350 for a third wresting mat, which will arrive in July.
Shelly said the third mat will relieve some of the wear and tear on the other mats. Sports Boosters also hope it will bring more tournaments and regionals to the schools, Shelly said, adding that from now on at wrestling events, they can have three mats in use at the same time.
Contributors to the purchase of the new mat include both the high school and middle school Sports Boosters, Mount Carroll Home Center, Andrew Doty, the Vipers Wrestling Club and the Lightning Wrestling Club, as well as donations from volunteer coaches, parents and alumni throughout West Carroll and Eastland area.
Shelly added that all of the money raised by the Sports Boosters goes directly back into West Carroll sports. The group is always looking for more active members.
"The Sports Boosters would like to remind everyone that we are a volunteer organization that could really use help throughout the school year," Shelly said.
She asked the district and the three schools to help spread the word by sharing the group's posts of meetings and events on Facebook, websites and by word of mouth.
Shelly also reported that the middle school currently has 35 girls signed up for volleyball for next year. She has ordered more uniforms to accommodate those numbers, using funds she has collected throughout the years for fifth/sixth volleyball.
In other business at its May 16 meeting, the West Carroll School Board:
•Acknowledged that the meeting was Dr. Adam Brumbaugh's last one as superintendent. Julie Katzenberger will attend the next regular board meeting as the new superintendent. Board President Jerry Anderson thanked Brumbaugh for his service and wished him good luck as the new superintendent at Geneseo. Brumbaugh thanked the board for its support.
•Accepted the low bid of $85,875 from Lockhart & Law for property and casualty insurance. The district also received a bid of $91,205 from Bullis & Sundberg LLC.
•Approved bread bids for next year, per the consensus of the school co-op the district belongs to. The bread contract went to Enyeart Distributing, at a slight reduction from the current rate. The cost of milk from Enyeart will be: $.2403 for a half-pint of one-percent white milk; $.242 for a half-pint of skim white milk; $.253 for a half-pint of one-percent chocolate milk; $8.3302 for a five-pound tub of cottage cheese; $.3925 for a half-pint of orange juice; $3.5986 for a gallon of two-percent milk. The other bidder was Prairie Farms, with a cost of: $.289 for a half-pint of one-percent white milk; $.287 for a half-pint of skim white milk; $.276 for a half-pint of one-percent chocolate milk; $9.25 for a five-pound tub of cottage cheese; $.45 for a half-pint of orange juice; $3.95 for a gallon of two-percent milk.
•Approved the bread bid with Bimbo Bakeries, per the consensus of the school co-op the district belongs to. Bimbo Bakeries was the only bidder. The bread rates for next year are: $1.55 for a loaf of whole grain white bread (20 slices); $1.55 for a loaf of whole grain wheat bread (22 slices); $1.32 for a 12-count package of whole grain wheat hamburger buns; $1.75 for a 16-count package of whole grain wheat hamburger buns; $1.76 for a 16-count package of whole grain wheat hot dog buns; $3.64 for a 24-count package of whole grain deli/steak buns; $1.66 for a 12-count package of whole grain wheat dinner rolls.
•Upheld the administrative decisions on out-of-school suspensions and bus suspensions for West Carroll Primary School, West Carroll Middle School, and West Carroll High School.
•Approved the resignations of Heather Blackmore as WCHS math teacher, at the end of the 2018-19 school year; Stephen Rudnicki as WCHS Social Studies teacher, WCHS boys basketball dead coach, and National Honor Society advisor at the end of 2017-18 school year; Dave Baisden as WCHS guidance counselor; Teresa Maidak as district social worker at the end of the 2018-19 school year; Tom Noordhoff as summer mowing position; Brenden Schultz as WCHS frosh-soph girls basketball coach; Brady Knop as WCMS head wrestling coach; Gina Wilkinson from the WCMS Scholastic Bowl.
•Approved the certified hiring of: Deb Manninen as WCMS athletic director; Matt Leitzen as WCHS athletic director and for the WCHS APEX summer school program; Karen Sawvel as WCHS guidance counselor.
•Approved the non-certified hiring of Michael Bicksler and Jeff Holley as summer maintenance workers.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS volleyball for next year: Nia Diercks as head coach; Salinda Belander as frosh-soph coach; Jessica Handel as freshman Coach.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS football for next year: Matt Leitzen as head coach; Andy Hughes as varsity assistant; Scott Gallentine as assistant coach; Tevan Hartman as assistant coach; Scott Glazier as volunteer coach; Chris Thornton as volunteer assistant; Tom Lartz as volunteer assistant.
•Appointed Sue McIntyre as football and boys basketball cheer sponsor for next year.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS golf for next year: Joe Meade as head boys coach and Joe Guilinger as head girls coach.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS Cross Country for next year: Travis Findlay as head coach and Chrissy McIntyre as volunteer assistant.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS boys basketball for next year: Nicholas Coffey as head varsity coach and Andy Hughes as frosh-soph coach.
•Appointed Paul Waitkoss as head coach for WCHS girls basketball for next year.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS wrestling for next year: Jeff McIntyre as head coach; Jeff Casey as varsity assistant; Dan Nevills as volunteer assistant; Tyler Ohlendorf as volunteer assistant; Derek Storlarzyk as volunteer assistant; John McIntyre as volunteer Assistant; Steve Ramirez as volunteer assistant.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCHS Scholastic Bowl for next year: Laura Spillane as head coach and Abby Bradbury as frosh-soph coach.
•Appointed Hannah Davidson as WCHS National Honor Society sponsor.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCMS volleyball for next year: Deb Manninen as 7th grade coach and Laura Shelly as 8th grade coach.
•Appointed Jeff Holley as boys basketball head coach for eighth grade for next year.
•Appointed Deb Manninen as boys basketball cheerleading sponsor.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for girls basketball for next year: Joe Meade for seventh grade and Paul Kaczmarski for eighth grade.
•Approved the following coaching appointments for WCMS wrestling for next year: Dan Hartman as assistant coach; Andrew Doty as volunteer coach; Eli Rolli as volunteer coach. A head coach is to be determined.
•Approved of the recall/employment of Susan Fritz as classroom paraprofessional.
•Approved unpaid leaves for Sheri Blake, Debra Mormino, Jennifer Engelkens, Ashleigh Schaffer.
•Approved the Transportation Statement of Benefit Package.