Lakota board of education talks faculty, merit

KANSAS — Lakota Local Schools welcomed a new coach amid personnel approvals for the 2018-2019 school year.

Monday night’s Board of Education meeting began with approving the hire of new high school softball coach Troy Lewis. Lewis, who is replacing recently retired softball coach and current board president Chris Chaflin, said he was humbled and excited for this opportunity and that he hopes he can “carry the torch as well as Chaflin.”

Superintendent Chad Coffman presented a custom blanket to Brenda Blausey in absentia, who is retiring after 30 years with Lakota Local at the end of October. Candace Fought is to replace Blausey.

In another matter, the board heard administrative updates from the elementary, middle and high schools, represented by LMS Principal Patrick Flanagan. For the elementary, Flanagan reported success with the past weekend’s Mother and Son tailgate party, a visit from the local fire department for Fire Safety Week — featuring a fire truck, ambulance and (controlled) smokehouse. Elementary students also participated in Penny Wars, a competition to collect change to donate to God’s House, yielding $1,241.82.

Middle schoolers are being rewarded with a new Student of the Week program. Targeted for fifth- through eighth-graders, the winning students receive a special locker magnet and a “fast pass” to the front of the lunch line with a friend of their choice. For high school, the previous Homecoming and pep rally events were reported as successful, described by Flanagan as great send-offs before games for student-athletes, that give “a building of energy and spirit that can be felt throughout the school.”

The community weight room is in need of someone to commit to opening/closing/managing in order to maintain the programs and space. The board agreed trustworthy community members would be great fits for the position, pending background checks and CPR certifications. Coffman is encouraging anyone interested in this position to contact him.

Before adjournment, a comprehensive financial report was given by board Treasurer Norm Elchert, followed by a series of contractual agreement and personnel approvals.

Also noted:

• Sophomore Kyleigh Dull tied for the Division II state golf championship Saturday in Columbus.

• The boys cross-country team was second place and girls took fourth at the SBC meet Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin.