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August 17, 2017 Churches ask school sports facilities not be open church night
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Derek Cranston, representing the Mid-Prairie Council of Churches, told the Mid-Prairie Community School Board Monday that “our local church community is experiencing problems with sports club organizations scheduling practices at the new (high school indoor practice) facility late into Wednesday evenings. While we know you have no authority over the sports clubs, you do have authority on how late the sports facility can stay open.”

Cranston said that attendance at the traditional Wednesday church activities was being impacted by the facility being open on the same evenings. He noted that when the facility was being built, the community was asked to support the project “and many of our church members stepped up and made donations to make this project a success. As a church community, we respectively ask that you amend school policy 905.1 ‘Community Use of School District Building Sites, Equipment and vehicles’ to state that no sports or recreational activities can be scheduled past 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at school district buildings.”

The written request for the policy change was authorized by the Mid-Prairie Council of Churches, First Baptist Church, Asbury Methodist Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Amish Circuit, Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Shiloh, Sharon Center Methodist Church, Wellman Mennonite Church, West Chester Methodist Church, Kalona Methodist Church, United Christian and Baptist Church and Fairview Mennonite Church.

Cranston added that activities at school athletic facilities were also affecting Sunday morning church services. Superintendent Mark Schneider responded that that no activities were allowed on school property until after 12 p.m. on Sundays.

Board President Jeremy Pickard said the board would have to investigate the matter and added that such a move would take two readings before a change to the policy could be made. He said the school would contact area sports clubs such as the softball organizations for their input.

Gary Fisher of Fisher Insurance told the board that he had good news and new news. The good news was that the Mid-Prairie school district was 11 percent below the average for Iowa schools in regard to reported injuries, which means a lower premium. He also pointed to a $28,700 check he presented last year to the district, a dividend paid when there are a low number of claims against Iowa Association of School Board’s Safety Group Insurance.

The new news deals with Iowa Workman Compensation changes, which Fisher called the most major changes he’s seen since he has been in insurance. The burden of proof has shifted from the employer to the employee when an injury incurs and the employee has a positive drug or alcohol test. The employee is now the one who has to prove the intoxication was not the cause of the accident.

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