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Eads FFA Teacher Resigns; District will begin Search for Replacement

The Eads School Board of Education met on Monday in a regularly scheduled meeting. After the consent items of agenda, minutes, and bills were approved reports came from school administration.

Athletic Director Trey Eder reported that the boys’ basketball season ended after losing in the district tournament over the weekend. The girls’ basketball team placed second and qualified for the Region 3 Tournament to be held in La Junta on March 1st and 2nd. Note: Eads will play Springfield at 11:00 am on Friday. If they win, they will advance to the Regional championship against Sangre de Cristo at 11:00 am on Saturday.

Eder also reported that the County Line Rivals wrestling team sent 7 wrestlers to the 2A Colorado State Wrestling Tournament, but, unfortunately, only two placed. Eder indicated the results were less than expected but the competition level was definitely fierce. No complaints regarding the co-op were made as everything was very positive.

The junior high has 12 wrestlers competing in the current season. On Tuesday, Eads will host their annual JH wrestling tournament. Eder indicated that it looked like 12 teams would be in Eads for the tournament.

Finally, Eder reported on the projections for spring sports. It looks like the baseball team will have 16 who have indicated they will come out. This includes 4 from Kit Carson and 1 from Plainview. Eder indicated the track numbers were looking promising, as well.

High School Principal Brian Bohlander reported on a number of items of interest as they pertain to the student body. The Eads FBLA had one of their better competitions at the district meet and qualified 18 of the 27 members who will compete at state in April. It is also FFA Week and the chapter has been busy putting out their message with various activities. Finally, the Plains Theater will be showing a new documentary called ‘Ocean of Grass’ with the Kiowa County Farm Bureau sponsoring the movie. The students will attend the documentary during a matinee on Barnyard Day which is Monday, March 25.

Before moving on with the rest of the meeting, Superintendent Glenn Smith made sure to commend the snow removal team of Daryll Adamson, Nancy Walker, and Bobby Rittgers. They did a great job getting on top of the problem right away.

The board then went into an executive session in order to discuss Personnel Matters-Staff Placement issues. When they came back into session, they voted to accept the resignation letter of the current Agriculture Education teacher and FFA Sponsor Lindsey Todd. Todd will be taking a job in Fowler next year. Advertising for the Eads position will begin immediately.

The board also approved the current steps that have been made for the senior trip. Currently, discussions with the insurance agent have been made and parents waivers will need to be signed. The board will receive more information on the senior trip in the next month.

There was then a number of discussion items that Smith enumerated. A sample Superintendent Evaluation Tool has been obtained from Granada that the board determined was a good template. The staff will have an opportunity to evaluate the Superintendent in the next month.

Smith also reported that the CEBT Health Insurance has increased by 6.5% which is still in line with the national increase of 6%. An insurance committee will be formed who will look into bids from companies for next year.

Smith also reported that the gym use has been up substantially as the elementary rec basketball league was busy with practices and game days. Next year Smith is anticipating a volleyball league will be added to the programming. One future planning idea is to possibly improve high school gym seating and create the availability of a two-court system. The gym floor will get its new coat sometime in June.

The district is eliminating items from the Ag Department inventory. Right now, the district will advertise the following items for sale: MIG welder (minimum of $900) and a wheeled welder and band saw (minimum of $500).

The board will meet again on March 25 at 7:00 pm. In the meantime, the Wellness Grant committee is scheduled to meet on March 8, but if the Eads girls qualify for the state basketball tournament that date will change.

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