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CV, Kamiah provide cooperative effort to field cross-country team this year

Intramural fee, armed staff issues also discussed

CV teacher, patron and parent Vinnie Martinez speaks during the Aug. 20 MVSD 244 board meeting in Kooskia.

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CV teacher, patron and parent Vinnie Martinez speaks during the Aug. 20 MVSD 244 board meeting in Kooskia.

— It’s not Kubs versus the Rams, it’s a more peaceable existence – at least when it comes to long-distance running.

“CV and Kamiah have entered a cooperative agreement for cross-country this year and the two schools will have one combined team,” reported Clearwater Valley High School Principal Adam Uptmor at the Aug. 20 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting.

Board chair Lot Smith asked if the co-op was just for cross-country.

“At this time, yes,” Uptmor said.

“I would encourage that co-op for other sports – monitor it, because it could be very advantageous,” Smith said.

“Yeah – that would make us 2A, and Grangeville needs someone to beat them up,” joked trustee Mike Dominguez.

Uptmor also reported a community member paid the fee for Cristy “CodeRed” Nickel — motivational nutritional speaker – to visit the school Wednesday, Sept. 19.

“She will speak to the kids at school and to the community in the evening,” Uptmor said. “I think this will be very popular and bring in people from the surrounding areas.”

In other news, superintendent Marc Scheibe’s report included talking about recent “Run, Hide, Fight” training with Grangeville Police Department and trying to work with a shortage of bus drivers.

The intramural fee issue held over from last month was also discussed.

Grangeville Elementary Middle School physical education teacher Katrena Hauger explained grades four, five and six participate in a basketball program where they play each other; no travel is involved.

“We opened it up to those grades to gain higher numbers and it worked,” Hauger said, adding about 60 kids participated last year in the spring. The program is only offered at GEMS.

District business manager Becky Hogg said 25 percent of extracurriculars are funded through program revenue while the levy pays for about 75 percent of the costs.

“Districtwide, the levy subsidizes about $313,000 for extracurricular activities,” she added.

Currently, the GEMS fee is $36 per student for this intramural program.

“I think a small increase in the program is justified,” Dominguez said.

In regards to arming district personnel, Scheibe also reported the district “anticipates security officers within the buildings in the next two to three weeks,” and that psych evaluations are under way.

Later in the meeting during the public input session, CV teacher Vinnie Martinez questioned this.

“I’m speaking as a patron and father with three young daughters,” he said. “I have been through POST training and it’s not easy – are these security officers or armed staff?”

“This will be armed staff,” Smith answered.


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