School board considers co-curricular costs

By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Argus


The cost to provide Caledonia area students enriching co-curricular activities – approximately $24,994 – was reviewed and approved by the school board July 16. But, not before discussion on participation numbers versus the number of paid staff took place.

Board member Kelley McGraw wanted to place a contingency on the budget related to participation numbers.

He argued that the FFA advisor maintains a program of more than 60 kids on his own, while knowledge bowl has two advisors but a third of the number of participants.

“I realize it’s $1,500, but $1,500 here and $1,500 there can add up to a teacher,” McGraw said.

Superintendent Ben Barton cautioned that there’s a fine balance between need and precedence.

“We’ll want to be consistent across sports and other co-curricular activities,” Barton said.

He asked if there might be a circumstance where middle school knowledge bowl occurs at the same time high school knowledge bowl does, but at different location, which would require a need for two positions.

An answer was not readily available, so the board decided to approve the budget as presented but table the line item dedicated to knowledge bowl.

“I’m not arguing the merit of knowledge bowl. I think it’s a great thing, but $3,000…?” McGraw said.

Jean Meyer echoed McGraw’s sentiments and said the board should consider participation numbers.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Jimmy Westland as the head girls track coach effective immediately and the resignation of Julia Benson as part-time teacher effective immediately.


Co-curricular coaching contracts

School musical: $1,879.32

Band: $1,237.91

Choir: $1,237.91

FFA advisor: $3,604.74

Junior class advisor: $2,092.75

Jazz band: $3,305.95

Jazz symposium: $3,001.52

Knowledge bowl: $1,574.89

Knowledge bowl: $1,574.89

Marching/pep band: $1,879.32

National Honor Society: position open

Student council: $3,604.74

Yearbook: position open

TOTAL: $24,993.94


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