(Atlantic) Atlantic Activities Director Josh Rasmussen is recommending the addition of four new sports to the activities list on a 3-year probationary period. Rasmussen, speaking to the Atlantic School Board at their Monday night meeting, offered to add Archery and Dance for the 2013-2014 school year, and Bowling and Swimming in 2014-2015.
“The leadership part of me wants to get the kids involved,” stated Rasmussen.
Board Member Phil Hascall say the school has enough activities and the main concern should be to support the current ones. Hascall says it is his understanding that the cost of bowling and swimming total around $50,000.00 a year.
“I have to think about where our resources ought to go,” stated Hascall. “And when I sit here and listen to how our kids are learning how to read because we spent $56,000.00, what else aren’t we doing that way.”
Hascall admits it’s a tough decision and he doesn’t want to say know to swimming.
“But, I think a kid that is going to learn to read so he doesn’t drop out when he is 16? That is the way I am going to vote.”
School Board member Rod Hartwig says swimming has been a great program at the “Y” and his daughter has been involved with it for about eight-years.
“I think it would be a great program to have, become a leader in our conference, and I think we could make a great team too,” said Hartwig.
The girls swimming season would be in the fall, boys swimming and girls and boys bowling take place in the winter. Currently, seven Hawkeye Ten Conference Schools have bowling teams. Lewis Central is the only conference school that offers swimming.
The School Board will vote on the four sports during a future meeting.
May 14, 2013