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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum Trap members head to national competition


Two members of the trap shooting club approached the Barnum School Board to ask about attending the National competition in Mason, Michigan, in July, at the meeting of the board on Tuesday, June 19.

Samuel Godbout and Noah Unkelhaeuser asked that they be able to use the club funds and a school vehicle to attend the competition.

Adviser Michael Casey said he had raised almost $2,300 in the last three years for the club.

“This is the first year that the nationals are being held,” he said. “We’re happy to have these two on the team. They have been on it all three years that we’ve had a team. Because of fundraising, they have not had to pay a penny.”

Casey told the board that the school should be supporting the sport financially.

“This is the fastest-growing sport in the nation,” Casey told the board. “You’d be amazed at how many cities in Minnesota are participating.”

Casey also said the two students who plan to go to the nationals are above average.

The board did not make any commitment. Board chair Paul Coughlin said there would be no funds from the school for the club due to a tight budget.

After the meeting, Board Member Pat Poirier met with Casey and the students, both of whom had graduated in May, and informed them that his company, Environmental Consulting and Testing, Inc., would pay the estimated $2,132 cost of the trip.

Superintendent Dave Bottem reported that work on the summer projects is underway.

He said building improvements will be done that week. Track repairs will begin in a couple of weeks, as will improvements to the parking lots. Painting of classrooms will be done by the end of July.

He asked the board about ventilation of the music room in the elementary school. There were two options, said Bottem. He added that the custodian recommended the more expensive option.

Several board members agreed to the more expensive option but asked Bottem to get quotes from other companies.

The expense for the project and contractor will be approved at the July board meeting, it was said.

There has been an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights. In his written report, Dave Duesler, the athletic director, reported that all of the head coaches were interviewed and the athletes had to complete surveys for that office.

High School Principal Brian Kazmierczak reported that word had just been received that there were no violations.

Kazmierczak also reported the student handbook will be online on August 7.

Roxy Olsen-Hurst said Barnum Community Education received word that the Age to Age grant has been approved. The grant from the Northland Foundation will provide $15,000 in funding for each of two years for intergenerational programs for children from the age of four up to senior citizens.

In other business, the board approved the recommendation of the Search Committee to hire Judi Vitito as the elementary principal, effective Aug. 1.

The next meeting of the board was set for Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.


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