School board approves new softball, baseball coaches

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac School Board met Feb. 15, approving the hiring of Melissa Ward as the new head softball coach and Brandon Burke as the new head baseball coach, pending proper coaching certification. The board also agreed, if needed, to pay a person $35 for a night or afternoon to work with baseball and softball pitchers and catchers before the coaches are available.

In other business:

•The board set a public hearing for the budget and calendar for Monday, March 14, at the next school board meeting.

•Superintendent Dale Crozier said the school district recently received $1,000 from Norplex, which will be used for STEM programs.

•Crozier asked the board for permission to support state legislation, when it’s brought forth, that would renew the local option sales tax through 2049. He said the school district receives $700,000 each year from local option sales tax.

“It’s a huge funding source,” he said, adding that it’s been the backbone of many projects done at school, as well as projects in which the school has partnered with the community.

With the renewal, the school would receive bonding capacity, he said, allowing them to consider projects like re-doing lights, solar power, gym upgrades and additional space for the elementary.

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