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Sports, tobacco highlight NH agenda

Kolkmeier tapped to head Lady Cats’ basketball program
Sports, tobacco highlight NH agenda Sports, tobacco highlight NH agenda
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The North Harrison Community School Corp. met Thursday where board members approved the appointment of a new varsity girls’ basketball coach after accepting the resignation of prior coach Barry Geltmaker.

Jamie Kolkmeier, who coached boys’ basketball at Corydon Central High School for 13 seasons, winning two sectionals, will lead the Lady Cats in the upcoming season. Geltmaker is set on making it a smooth transition; and while he won’t be on the coaching staff any longer, he will be there to mentor and offer guidance for Kolkmeier when needed.

The board approved Return to Play guidelines for sports beginning July 6. Hal Pearson, the athletic director at North Harrison High School, explained coaches and staff will take every precaution necessary to ensure the health of the players.

“We won’t be allowing athletes to use the locker rooms, and there will be no shared equipment,” Pearson said. “Each child will have to answer a 10-point questionnaire each time they come to a practice that includes questions like, ‘Do you have a fever?’ and ‘Have you had a cough recently?’ ”

Fall sports will be able to practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, while spring sports can practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each sport is allocated three hours of each of those days. The first two weeks of practice must be contactless, and the coaches will all be required to wear masks.

Questions arose regarding an agenda item to make a change in the High School Student Handbook pertaining to the tobacco policy for student-athletes. The change proposed was to have each third violation a suspension from 50% of the contest season, and each fourth violation to have the student removed from the team and from participating in athletic events for 365 days.

Some parents were concerned that removal from a team due to tobacco use would make them only want to abuse it more, while some argued for stricter guidelines.

After much discussion with parents in attendance, it was ultimately decided that the change would be tabled until the board had more time to discuss the best course of action for the tobacco policy for students.

Regarding the upcoming school year, Superintendent Dr. Lance Richards explained the corporation would do its best to come back in August.

“We will be creating an eLearning option for those not comfortable with returning to school just yet,” Richards said. “We are committed to helping all our students feel safe with their schooling options going forward. All our staff will be mindful of what is going on, and we will work to make sure North Harrison does this in the safest and best way possible.”

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m.