At the beginning of the meeting, Community Education Coordinator gave a report on her program, focusing on yearly service learning projects. She said that the district received a $3,400 grant last year for service learning. She said that although this wasn’t much, the students were able to do a lot with it, and she said she had been told by people in Frankfort that they had done more with that amount than any other school. Southwick said that she helped train 63 students last year, and that they contributed 3,517 hours of service.
Lynn Cofield, backed by several parents and coaches, then addressed the board about some needs of the district’s archery team. Cofield, who coaches the Trigg County team and is also a regional assistant coordinator for the National Archery in the Schools Program, said that the program had grown very large since its beginning several years ago, attracting as many as 140 at one practice. Because of the team’s size, Cofield requested that the team be split into elementary, middle and high school teams. She said that without three teams and three coaches, as well as an administrator to oversee the business side of things, the team would struggle and would not be able to compete at the same level that it has in the past.
“Sometimes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and we’re squeaking, folks,” Cofield said.
Cofield and others present also discussed the need for their own permanent practice space, which has been an issue for the last six years because of demand for on-campus space for other extracurricular activities. Cofield said the elementary gym would be acceptable if they could work around the schedules of other activities such as ABA basketball. Board members and present parents and coaches tossed around ideas for a space for quite some time, seemingly coming no closer to a solution by the end. McGinnis said, though, that he was willing to meet their request for more teams and coaches and could look around for a suitable space if the coaches and parents would also keep their eyes open for something affordable.
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