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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 30, 2014

Board approves Trojan baseball at Busch Stadium

By DIANE VANCE | Nov 05, 2013

Trojan baseball players have the opportunity to play in Busch Stadium in St. Louis where games 3-5 of the World Series were played in October between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.

The Fairfield school board approved the plan at its Oct. 21 meeting for a potential game July 6 against Wilton High School.

Fairfield Community School District Activities Director Jeff Courtright said to make certain the baseball game can happen, the Trojan baseball program will need to pre-sell a number of game tickets at $30 each; normally Cardinal baseball tickets are $42.

The St. Louis Cardinals will play a game first, then the two high school teams can take the field. The $30 admission will be good for both the Cardinals and Trojans games July 6.

“It has the potential to be a successful fundraiser,” Courtright told the school board Oct. 21. “Last year, Washington High School made several thousand dollars off of this event.”

If additional funds are raised, the money will go toward the booster club’s Bill Strawhacker Challenge and to help the baseball program purchase a new warm-up backstop, he said.

Courtright wasn’t sure the exact number of tickets the Trojans would need to pre-sell, but would have that information before baseball season.

It’s been about 10 years since Fairfield ball players had this type of opportunity to play in a major league stadium.

“The coaches will try to get as many kids into the game as possible,” said Courtright.

In other business, the board:

• Learned the district’s certified enrollment, counted annually in October, shows a 34.36 student decline from last year. This school year has 1,660.22 students enrolled, compared to 1,694.58 students last year. Fractions are due to weighting of limited English proficiency students; 4-year-old preschool, which is 0.5 per student; and home school assistance students are 0.3 or, if dual enrolled, 0.4. Special education students also are weighted as more than 1 student, but this count is not included yet in these numbers.

Certified enrollment count is important because it is what the state aid funding is based on; declining enrollment means less money to the district in the next year.

Fairfield schools have 117.6 open enrolled students coming in from other school districts this year, compared to 96.4 last year; and 95.1 Fairfield resident students open enrolled into another school district this year, compared to 96.6 last year.

“While a decline of almost 33 resident students is tough, the very positive movement in open enrollment and full preschool enrollment limits the decline to under 12 students,” said Superintendent Art Sathoff.

• Approved hiring Adam Foreman for Fairfield High School assistant wrestling coach at $2,016. Foreman has been a volunteer coach at FHS the past few years. He is an FHS graduate who was a three-time wrestling state-qualifier. He wrestled at and graduated from Central College and works at Cambridge Investment Research Inc.

• Approved hiring Jordan Sathoff for ninth grade boys basketball coach at $2,016. Sathoff was a four-year varsity letter winner at Pekin High School. He played basketball four years at Wartburg College, finishing his career ranked third on Wartburg’s all-time scoring list. He has coached basketball summer camps and clinics. He is a 2012 Wartburg College graduate and works at Cambridge Investment Research Inc.

• Approved the School Improvement Advisory Committee, also known as the Vertical Team, for 2013-2015, two school years. Members on the team include Tammy Dunbar, Melisse Jones, Marty Gleason, Justin Messer, Johnna Rinken, Derek Philips, Shawna Applegate, Detra Dettman, Rustin Lippincott, Lindsay Lippincott, Joe Cukierski, Josh McReynold, Deb Martin, Amy Ferrel, Bret Ferrel, Lisa Cohen, Tyson Dimmitt and Sarah Kingsbury.

The Vertical Team is the district’s school advisory committee as mandated by Iowa law. This year’s meeting dates are Nov. 11; March 4; and April 14. The first one this year was Sept. 30. All meetings are at 5:30 p.m., in the district’s Administration/Curriculum/Technology Center.

• Approved the 2013-14 Teacher Quality Committee of Zach Reiter, Deanna Gevock, Shawn Klehm, Jennifer Christensen, Billy Strickler, Jeff Eeling, Laura Atwood, Art Sathoff and Marci Dunlap. Teacher members will be paid stipend amounts of $653 for the year.

• Adopted the 2013-14 school board goals as written at the September board work session. The school board will facilitate an environment where data inform action that achieve results. The board will chart the course of the future of technology in the district. The board will appropriately budget and manage district funds. The board will foster improved relationships through stronger communication.

• Approved a list of 12 teachers’ reclassification requests based on additional earned education credits and lane changes on salary schedule, for a total of $17,039; and two associates’ reclassification requests for completing certification for para-educators, for a total of $1,032.

• Accepted the resignations of Tim and Linda Mickels, FHS custodians; the termination of employment for Abbey Williams, associate at Washington Elementary School; and approved rehiring Amber Wise, associate at FHS.

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