R-A athletics draft sharing details with G-T

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Graettinger-Terrill-Ruthven-Ayrshire athletic sharing committee reported to the R-A school board on Monday night about steps they had taken in their movement towards a single athletic program.

The student councils from each school, who also chose the Titan mascot, will get together this fall to create the lyrics to the new school songs.

Each sport except football and golf will rotate between locations on a weekly basis. Football will rotate annually, and the athletics directors and coaches have met to communicate the needs of each school and team.

Parent nights for football and volleyball will be in Ruthven, on Oct. 2 for volleyball and Oct. 19 for football. Basketball will hold their Parent night on Jan. 19 in Graettinger. Baseball will be in Ruthven, though a date has not been determined.

Scrimmages have been set for Aug. 17 in Ruthven. Volleyball will play at 5:30 p.m. and football will follow at 7 p.m.

Though there are still issues to be discussed, Ruthven-Ayrshire principal Jon Josephson is impressed with how well the transition to a unified athletics program has gone.

"I'm amazed with how much has been done by each school to implement the new Titan colors and mascot," Josephson said. "When I thought in March as to what needed to be done, I'm impressed with how much we accomplished in a short amount of time."

In other agenda business:

-- Brian Lawrence has been offered a maintenance and paint contract for his work in the Industrial Tech building. Lawrence is also currently under teaching contract at R-A.

-- Matt Borchers will co-supervise this year's student council. Borchers was also recently hired as a shared guidance counselor between R-A and Spencer schools.

-- Last year the district had a school resource officer on staff. The board decided against continuing the position for this coming school year.

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