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After creating a sports co-op with Clearwater and Ewing, one of main items of discussion at the Orchard Advisory Board meeting on Monday night was the purchase of new uniforms.
Stephanie Cleveland spoke about the uniform decision before the board, giving an example of the school her kids were a part of in New York that had a similar merger situation, explaining that what those schools did was use the uniforms from both schools, with one sport using one school’s uniforms and a different sport using the other schools, until the merger was set firmly in place. The kids then came up with and voted on a new mascot and colors.
“The kids didn’t care. They just wanted to play,” Cleveland said.
It was discussed to have the kids involved in making the decision regarding a new mascot and colors before purchasing the uniforms, possibly having the kids vote on the final decision before taking it to the boards for approval.
Various options on paying for the uniforms were also discussed, including each school paying for one-third of the uniforms. Principal Cathy Cooper was hesitant about one school paying for all the uniforms as well as using fundraising to purchase the uniforms because of the flood relief efforts happening across the state.
“I don’t think fundraising would be in good taste right now,” Cooper said.
After discussion on purchasing new uniforms, the motion made was for the administration to proceed with new mascot, colors and new uniforms. Deanna voted nay, all others were in favor of the motion.
Extra duty contract assignments were also presented to the board. Assignments are as follows:
OC & OCE Sports Extra-Duty Assignments 2019-20:
High School Coaches: Football, Jeff Shabram; Asst. Football, Dan Roeber; Asst. Football, Jared Nolze; Asst. Football Volunteer, Aaron Schleusener; Volleyball, Suz Funk; Asst. Volleyball, Sierra Summers; Asst. Volleyball, Kray Funk; Cross Country, Jaimie Turpin; Boys’ Basketball, Brett Kaczor; Asst. Boys’ Basketball, Jarrod Long; Asst. Boys’ Basketball, Scott Young; Girls’ Basketball, Greg Appleby; Asst. Girls’ Basketball, Scott Leisy; Asst. Girls’ Basketball, Jackson Median; Wrestling, Dan Roeber; Asst. Wrestling, Paul Kester; Asst. Wrestling, Anthony Kester; Asst. Wrestling, Mike Zeggers; Golf, Bill Tabbert; Asst. Golf (if needed), Scott Leisy; Girls’ Track, Shannon Schumacher; Asst. Girls’ Track, Jeff Shabram; Boys’ Track, Jackson Medina; Asst. Boys’ Track, Dan Miller.
Junior High Coaches: Football, Mike Odell, Darin Wickersham and Matt Maxwell; Volleyball, yet to fill, KristinVandenberg and Rachael Cheatum (volunteer); Boys’ Basketball, Austin Twibell and Tyson Schutt; Girls’ Basketball, Lila Wondercheck and Morgan Buckendahl; Track, Karley Jackson, Karri Hickey, yet to fill and Kari Heiss (part-time volunteer).
OC Activity Extra-Duty Assignments:
Activity Sponsors: One-Act, Sarah Kesting and Mackenzie McClellan; Head Speech, Katie Schneider; Asst. Speech, Kristin Johnston; Yearbook, Katie Stepp; Close-Up, Dan Roeber; FFA, Jessy Hilkemeier.
Orchard Extra-Duty Assignments:
Activity Sponsors: Student Council, Shannon Schumacher (assisted by Denise Meyer when needed); National Honor Society, Denise Meyer; Vocal/Instrumental Music, Emily Heithoff; HS Quiz Bowl, Jim Schutt; JH Quiz Bowl, Jim Schutt.
Class Sponsors: Senior, Jim Schutt; Junior/Prom, Kalee Michaelson; Sophomore, Carrie Williamson; Freshmen, Jeff Shabram; Junior High, Lisa Cook.
Other: Activities Director, Jim Schutt; SAT, Cheryl Schwager, Cathy Cooper, Angela Tagel and Denise Meyer; 504, Cheryl Schwager; Skills USA, Carrie Williamson; Orchard Concessions, Joan Maple; Elementary Coordinator, Angela Tagel.
Clearwater Extra-Duty Assignments:
Activity Sponsors: Student Council, Shannon Schumacher; OC One-Act, Sarah Kesting; OC Head Speech, Katie Schneider; OC Asst. Speech, Kristin Johnston; National Honor Society, Kendra Shrader; Vocal/Instrumental Music, Sarah Kesting; HS Quiz Bowl, Connie Cronin; JH Quiz Bowl, Connie Cronin; OC Yearbook, Katie Stepp; OC Close-Up, Dan Roeber.
Class Sponsors: Senior, Dan Roeber; Junior/Prom, Bonnie Mitchell; Sophomore, Mike Odell; Freshmen, Laurel Miller; Junior High, yet to fill.
Other: Activities Director, Shelly Mlnarik; SAT, Shelly Mlnarik, Bonnie Mitchell, Deb Neumann, Kendra Shrader and Mike Sanne; 504, yet to fill; Skills USA, Mike Odell; Clearwater Concessions, Carla Jacob; Elementary Coordinator, Deb Neumann.
Cleveland was also present at the meeting to present a check to the board from Dusty’s Valentine’s Day flower sale. Dusty’s donated a total of $800 to Orchard’s Beef in Schools program.
“That should be a thank you to the community, too, because they’re the ones buying the flowers, so a lot of that came from the community,” Cleveland said. “This is the fourth year we’ve done it and that’s where we decided to put it this year.”
Another item of discussion was allowing the Nebraska Lawdawgs to rent out Orchard’s football field for home games this summer.
“I’d only worry about the summer work that’s going on because a lot of the time, everything in here is out of commission,” Cooper said.
Cooper also explained that the Orchard Advisory Board can’t make the decision alone because the field is shared with the town. The board decided to take the discussion to the city board.
Other discussion at the meeting included state testing days, Boy’s State representatives and make-up days. The next advisory board meeting will be May 6 at 5 p.m.