Lakota athletics receives $25,000 donation

Lakota Board of Education members at the meeting Monday evening.

The Lakota High School sports season is not yet in full swing, but the Raiders have already scored big.

The Board of Education approved a $25,000 donation from Charles, Chris, and Mary (Baldwin) Knight from the Knight-Baldwin Charitable Fund. The sum is intended for the Lakota Athletic Department.

Members of the board stated the money will be used to purchase upgrades to safety equipment and other athletic gear. The district also intends to complete renovations to the school weight room, as well as purchase play clocks for Lakota stadium.

Superintendent Chad Coffman expressed gratitude for the donation.

“It is much appreciated,” said Coffman. “It is awesome to have a donation that not only takes care of the needs [of the department], but also the wants.”

Charles Knight is a 1967 graduate of Lakota High School, while Chris Knight is a 1970 graduate. 

Board members also mentioned a considerable donation to the music department is in the works.

In other business, individuals were hired to the following positions:

• Kevin Yeckley as substitute elementary counselor; Jamie Krupp and Amanda Williams as certified substitutes; Jennifer Bolduan and Phillip Frisch as classified substitutes; Thomas Wasserman as end zone building cleaner; Erica Hunt as paraprofessional; Nancy Slotterbeck as senior class advisor.

The following individuals were approved for supplemental athletic positions for the 2019-2020 school year:

• Zachary Baker as high school assistant cross country (volunteer); Charles Roelle as high school assistant football; Ty Ray for athletic coverage of grades 7-12 Fall sports; Brock Quaintance as junior high football (volunteer); Hollie Kramer as junior high cheerleading.

Board member Tim Woodruff was not present at the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Lakota High School in the staff dining room.