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Several Prairie Home parents expressed their opinions about a proposed sports co-op between Prairie Home and Bunceton during a school board meeting that spanned two days because of a conflict with a district basketball game.

Trevor Huth, Prairie Home High School baseball coach, told the board a sports co-op could improve the Prairie Home program. Brian Emde, athletic director and coach from Bunceton, also expressed support for the sports co-op.

The co-op would allow Bunceton High School boys to join the Prairie Home team for sports such as basketball next year, as Bunceton does not have enough players for a team.

The board was briefed on the number of Prairie Home high school girls expected to compete in the 2019-20 season: cross country, 1; softball, 12; basketball, 10; track, 10; and cheerleading, 6. The number of high school boys expected to compete in the 2019-20 season: cross country, 5; baseball, 18; basketball, 19; and track, 13.

Huth told the board repairs and improvements are needed at the baseball field, including new bulbs installed in the field lights, relocation of the scoreboard, fence repairs and repair to a pole over the backstop.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard a staff presentation from Crystal Mengel on what is happening in her class and what she has planned for the year.
  • Voted to accept a bid from Midwest Computech to be the wireless provider for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Voted 7-0 to approve a request by Huth to use the gym on a weekly basis for a basketball game for adults only.
  • Made changes to the 2019-20 school calendar. The first day back after Christmas break will be Jan. 6 instead of Jan. 3. The last day of school will be May 13 instead of May 12.
  • Voted 7-0 to accept a bid from Lance's Quality Lawn and Landscaping LLC to provide lawn care for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Learned all five buses were inspected Feb. 25, and three passed. The two buses that failed have to be inspected again in 10 days. One of the buses had the horn unplugged. The other bus had two windows with faulty alarms and some bus seats that needed to be taped up.
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