The Ottumwa Courier

February 26, 2013

E-B-F pushes for 4 percent allowable growth

Funding for junior high baseball, softball also discussed

LORI FAYBIK
Courier correspondent

EDDYVILLE — The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont school board passed a school funding resolution, calling on legislators to set allowable growth at 4 percent.

Superintendent Dean Cook told the board that if legislators don’t act soon with a 4 percent allowable growth, “You are going to see a leaner budget, because we are going to have to figure it at zero percent allowable growth because it hasn’t been set.”

Board members were to have discussed details of the 2013-14 school year budget during a special board meeting Monday night.

In other business, Bryan Archer asked the board to consider paying for coaches and transportation for the junior high baseball and softball teams.

The district added junior high teams about three years ago. Prior to that, junior high students played on leagues, such as Babe Ruth. So far the district hasn’t had to provide any funding thanks to fundraising efforts and gate admissions.

Parents, volunteer coaches and team members have handled most of the details, such as scheduling, uniforms, equipment, officials, insurance waivers and transportation.

However, with a rapidly growing program, it is becoming more difficult to manage by volunteers alone.

“I think it would certainly help the program,” said E-B-F Athletic Director Curt Johnston. “I would like to see some things done to keep them productive.”

The board will discuss the matter at its March 13 board meeting.