Blue Earth joins clay target league

BLUE EARTH – Students at Blue Earth Area can participate in clay target league, after the school board approved a cooperative agreement with Fairmont and United South Central schools Monday.

“What better way to have kids learn gun safety than through the school?” said Terry Cahill, board member.

Rob Norman, activities director, said he had been approached about students being able to take part in clay target league. Fairmont has an established program and USC is going to start one. There are two seasons: fall and spring.

There is no cost to the school, Norman said, but individuals participating will pay for targets, ammunition and an insurance policy.

Norman said there are quite a few schools getting involved in the activity.

He said there is not a lot of travel since participants shoot at their home site and send the results to the competing schools on the day of competition.

Clay target is not a Minnesota State High School League activity, but the league is co-sponsoring the state tournament, Norman noted.

Parents can decide if they want their children to participate with Fairmont or USC, Norman said. In the future, it could be possible for Blue Earth Area to have its own team.

For more information, contact Norman at (507) 526-3240 or rnorman@

In other business, high school Principal Rich Schneider read a proposal to transfer eighth-graders to the high school in the fall.

Superintendent Evan Gough reminded the board that the formal recommendation from the principals will come in February.

Schneider’s list included pros and cons, how to prepare students, changes to the school building, and how the change will affect students. Schneider planned to put the list on the school’s website so parents can see it.

“There’s always choices that will be made,” Gough said. “That’s the tough part.”

In health news, school nurse Ann Crofton gave an update on the progress of getting the students vaccinated for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. She said parents of students in grades 6 through 12 should have received notice.

“We’ve had a good response, the consent forms are coming back,” she said.

Because vaccinations are being done through Human Services of Faribault and Martin Counties, a grant is paying for the shots.