The Oblong Sports Boosters continue their work providing athletic opportunities in the Unit 4 school district.
Sports boosters president Rick Potts gave a rundown of his groups activities to the Unit 4 Board of Education and told them a few of their plans for next year.
In the 2018-19 school year, the boosters gave a total of $41,270.38 worth of help to Unit 4, providing such items as new high school baseball uniforms and equipment, high school softball, golf, track and cheerleading uniforms and scoreboard equipment and awards. They also made a donation to the district sports budget.
For the 2019-20 school year, the boosters are planning more uniform and equipment purchases and will make another donation to the budget. They are also planning a project which could result in an additional $15,000 donation, bringing their projected total donation for the year to nearly $45,000.
Board members and Board President Rod Sparks expressed their gratitude to Potts for all the work he and his group do to make the athletic programs in the Oblong school district possible.
Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett also told the board the picture for the conference the Oblong-Hutsonville-Palestine football co-op conference is beginning to come into focus. The three-way co-op is one of the few schools left in the Little Okaw Valley Conference after many of the schools left the conference to pursue other opportunities. Martinsville and Duggar Indiana are the other schools currently in the conference, but Patchett said there has now been some interest in a few yet to be named schools in joining the conference.
In personnel matters, the board hired Elizabeth Inboden as a substitute bus driver and accepted Gregg Brooks' resignation as head high school basketball coach. The board also accepted Mike Higgins' resignation as a Unit 4 board member.
The board also gave tentative approval to a new policy aimed at assessing threats and violence in the schools. Patchett said policy 4:190 would formalize procedures the schools already use to identify and deal with potentially dangerous situations. "This will provide us with consistency in assessing threats and determining when law enforcement needs to become involved," Patchett said. "We want to be thorough each and every time."
Patchett also told the board the district has some grant money available to add security cameras at the grade school and the high school which would increase their ability to keep an eye on parking areas.
The board also approved several field trip requests including one from the Beta Club to go Indianapolis, the senior class trip to King's Island near Cincinnati, the ICE Tech 2019 to the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield and the Science Club to Turkey Run State Park.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Oblong Elementary Oblong Room.