A-Town to consider competitive cheerleading, policy to allow for delayed starts

Competitive cheerleading could be coming to the Abingdon-Avon school district in the near future.

At the Wednesday night meeting, the District 276 Board of Education heard a double-presentation from coaches and cheerleaders about creating a small, competitive, four-person team for competitions.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Curry tells WGIL that the board seemed receptive to the idea, and could be voting on it as soon as next month.

“The board is in favor of allowing the cheerleading team to create a competitive wing of their team. So, that’s probably going to be an action item in July.”

Curry says that some team members of the cheerleading team seem interested in the advanced gymnastics and dancing aspects of being on a competitive cheerleading squad.

The board was also informed that district administrators were looking at possible delayed start policies in the event of another rough winter.

Dr. Curry says that the district doesn’t have the same policy as Galesburg or Monmouth-Roseville.

He says the board seemed interested in a policy like that, adding that the plan is to poll the question to parents as they’re signing up students for classes in the fall.

“[Going to] put it out to the community. See what the community’s thoughts are on implementing a one-hour or two-hour delay. In my previous district, [we] did the same thing, asked parents their thoughts. We got positive approval from those parents. Then, for about a year – maybe even two years – we didn’t have to use them because of the weather.”

Curry adds that the parents in the community who register their kids for school will guide the district’s decision.

The school board did approve a mandatory ten cent increase in school lunches for all grade levels.

As far as summer work goes, Curry says that one of the two roof projects in the district is underway. He says the high school roof is a week into construction and has not been delayed by rain.

Equipment for Hedding Elementary’s roof is expected to be delivered Friday, June 14th, and work is to begin on Monday.

He adds that the boiler piping project is moving fast and they’ve been installing the new piping for almost two weeks.

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