Thursday, August 6, 2020

More than just a game

Byron looks to make sports into a more educational, transformational experience

The Byron school board discussed Byron participating in the Inside Out Initiative and the filing deadline for the four four-year term positions open for the school board election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, during its meeting on Monday, June 15.

Activities Director Jon Buchanan presented on the Inside Out Initiative.

He said the program is designed to reclaim the educational purpose of sports and train coaches and leaders on how to elevate the purpose of sports from a win-at-all-costs culture to one that promotes sports as a growth experience.

He said another goal of the initiative is to move towards transformational coaching and away from transactional coaching.

Buchanan then detailed the initiative’s four-part process, which is awareness, alignment, action and accountability, and shared how the initiative’s purpose aligns with Byron’s profile of a graduate.

He mentioned that phase one involves analysis, training and a school implementation team. Byron’s team would consist of himself, the assistant principal, and two coaches – one boys’ coach and one girls’ coach.

Asked if this would be applied to all activities or just athletic teams, he said it would be applied to all activities, but it has more of a sports focus.

Later, the board approved a resolution establishing dates for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school member for Byron’s school district. The filing period will begin on Tuesday, July 28, and close on Tuesday, Aug. 11. An affidavit of candidacy must be filed in the office of the school district clerk and the $2 filing fee paid prior to 5 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Previously, Sharon Kreitinger, Byron’s representative on the Zumbro Education District (ZED) Governing Board, gave an update on the anticipated new ZED building.

Discussion centered on the cost for the district with a potential six-district model. Previously, Kreitinger said the cost associated with a seven-district model was 4.13%, but in May 2020, with six districts the bond rate was 3.06%.

The board believes that with continued money being put into bonds by the federal government they should continue to see these rates.

After that, the board approved the ZED resolution ratifying concurrence with a proposed project through the issuance of certificates of participation.

Near the end of the meeting, the board reviewed the recent school referendum.

Since they have to call a referendum 74 days before it’s scheduled, Page said, “It will be tough to get another referendum vote in November.”

However, with four positions open for the school board election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, some members of the school board were reticent to have potential lame duck school board members putting forward a referendum.

The board then discussed a potential referendum in 2021 and they’ll review again during their next meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, July 20.

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