Monday, January 20, 2020

From Booster Club to snow loads to AAAA reclassification; Byron school board discusses everything

At a marathon workshop March 4, Byron school board members discussed snow loads on school buildings, signs advertising local businesses rented by the Booster Club, district teams’ reclassifications to Section AAA and AAAA, and the popularity of middle school basketball.

Board members complimented members of the Byron Booster Club which has been in existence for almost three decades. Through the club’s members’ volunteer efforts, the group has raised thousands of dollars and donated it to school activities. One of their fundraisers has been the rental of the space on fences surrounding athletic fields for signs advertising local businesses. At this meeting, school board members discussed that that is no longer possible; an outside group may not earn money using a government resource. The signs will still be rented to local supporters, but the money received must be paid directly to the school district. Superintendent Joey Page has been discussing the matter with representatives of the Booster Club.

Page also updated the group on structural issues at two district buildings which caused the closing of the middle school and the high school for a few days while construction and snow removal workers labored to make the buildings safe.

It was a perfect example of why the district has to have money in reserve, commented Page, for emergencies such as this.

Fortunately, the district has already launched their ‘Flex Day’ program which allows students in the district to complete their school work from home. That program – recently authorized by the state – has been used to keep students learning during the many snow days schools across the Midwest have declared this year.

Athletic Director Malia Schroeder explained to the group that the Minnesota State High School League has reclassified Byron teams as follows: Class AAA for boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball and class AAAA for football.

Schroeder is appealing the decision. The school district’s steady population growth has pitched Byron into the higher classifications. They are reviewed every two years.

Schroeder also talked to the board members about the growing popularity of basketball at the middle school level. If 40 students want to play basketball, the school simply does not have the resources to buy uniforms for all and schedule enough games so all the students can play several games, she explained. There is also the issue of transporting all students to all games. Now, the students are split up and half the group travels to alternate games.

It’s a good problem to have, one member commented. Students enjoy the team camaraderie and the mentoring by the coaches, explained Schroeder. One solution might be to start an intermural organization so students could get more game time. For example, the school could set up round-robin tournaments with other intermural teams.

The group will discuss the issue at a future meeting with the coaches that are involved.

The school board meets again at 6 p.m. March 18 at the District Administration and Community Services building at 630 First Ave. NW.


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