Truman OKs boys hoops sharing

TRUMAN – A pairing agreement combining the boys basketball teams from Truman, Martin Luther and Granada-Huntley-East Chain was sanctioned by the Truman School Board on Monday.

Pending approval from Martin Luther and GHEC, the schools will apply to the Minnesota State High School League for approval of the combined program during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

The application cites two reasons for the proposal: Participants in the schools’ programs are declining, and combining the teams is expected to improve the quality of the basketball experience for those participating.

The team will be called the Truman-Martin Luther-GHEC Jaguars. The team color will be royal blue.

The coaches will be paid based on Truman’s salary schedule, while the athletic directors from the three schools will determine the site for home games.

The athletic committees from the three schools will meet annually in April to review the shared program.

In other Truman school business, it was reported that the child care program recorded a $70 profit for February.

The program experienced a rocky start, with its first months running at a deficit of about $2,000 per month. The program was revamped, and several new families enrolled.

“That had a lot of public support,” noted board member Darrel Drevlow.

In other action, the board:

o Hired Laurie Sherman as assistant track coach.

o Discussed ways to get more students interested in FFA and careers in agriculture, such as a panel or lyceum of alumni and local residents showing that such careers don’t have to be in production agriculture.

o Approved a two-year transportation contract with Truman Bus Service for this school year and for 2014-15.