DeLand-Weldon OKs sports co-op with Cerro Gordo

DeLand-Weldon OKs sports co-op with Cerro Gordo

By: James Brown

By: James Brown

By: James Brown

DeLAND – The DeLand-Weldon school board has approved a sports cooperative agreement with Cerro Gordo for boys' baseball and girls' softball for the upcoming season.

Last year the school had a co-op agreement with the Blue Ridge school district for the two sports. Blue Ridge dropped the agreement last year in the wake of new IHSA regulations concerning school size for playoff games.

The Cerro Gordo school board and the Little Okaw Valley Conference must still ratify the co-op agreement. The two districts already have a cooperative agreement for football.

Also Monday, the board learned that Joe Huisinga would be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Huisinga led the Eagles basketball team from 1942-1946. During the 1945-46 season, DeLand had a 31-2 record, including a 29-game winning streak, which was the longest in the state that year. They were ranked 16th in the state.

The board approved the 2006 tax levy, payable in 2007, for $1,771,940, which is a 4.9 percent increase over last year's levy.

Including the district's outstanding life safety bonds, the total amount levied for the 2007 will be $1,819,562.

"I don't really expect to see the fully levied amount," said Superintendent Gary Brashear, noting there's been a decline of almost $1 million in DeWitt County property values.

Brashear said Piatt County property values were believed to have gone up, but he doubted they would offset DeWitt's losses after the downward reassessment of the Clinton power plant.

Board members also continued their strong stance toward inappropriate student behavior.

After an executive session Monday night, the board suspended two students for the remainder of the school year for fighting. The school has been taking steps in recent months to improve the safety and security of students in this two-building district.

The board approved a number of policy changes, including a new student discipline policy and a notification policy regarding sexual abuse.

The board also hired Kacie Fink as the new assistant volleyball coach at the junior high.

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