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Boone Central, Newman Grove review co-op changes

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Boone Central School Board reviewed changes Monday night in the cooperative agreement with Newman Grove Public School.
Tim Stopak, board president, explained that the cooperative committee members from both schools had met April 1 and April 25 to review and discuss the proposed changes.
The schools currently have cooperative programs, hosted by Boone Central, for football, softball, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and boys and girls track and field.
They are now completing the first year of a two-year agreement that ends at the completion of the 2019-20 school year. However, a new agreement will need to be adopted by this year due to the NSAA requirement for football classifications that are due Nov. 1, 2019.
Classification is based on the combined boy/girl enrollments in ninth, 10th and 11th grades.
Co-op Name Change
A proposal considered by both boards included a non-negotiable specification that the co-op program be named “Boone Central” and not Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Other points of the proposal are as follows:
• The Boone Central Activities Director will serve as the cooperative director and the main contact for the programs included;
• All new or replacement team uniforms will reflect the name “Boone Central” and/or “Cardinals”;
• Sites and schedules for practices, contests, games and competitions will be determined and communicated by the cooperative director;
• Boone Central will provide athletic trainer services to the program. Newman Grove agrees to reimburse Boone Central the cost associated with .25 FTE athletic trainer for an average of 10 hours per week for 52 weeks per year. The athletic trainer agreement for trainers and fees will be reviewed, discussed, and approved annually by both superintendents.
This information was reported to both boards Monday night. No action was taken by the Boone Central board.

Newman Grove School Board decided to get input from its patrons on the proposal, which will be on the agenda for the board’s June meeting.

Complete stories in the May 15 Albion News print and e-editions.