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Alvord school district targets archery

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
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With a rodeo team and volleyball now among the offerings, Alvord ISD continues to look at programs that may interest its students.

Next up? How about archery?

Superintendent Bill Branum told the school board Tuesday night that there is not only interest in starting an archery program – there’s already been a $1,000 donation toward that goal, and additional grants may be available.

“If we have kids who are genuinely interested in something, and we can do it, I think we should,” he said. No votes were taken and no concrete proposals offered, but board members, in general, agreed.

Branum said Alvord High School teacher Sharon Sacket had tentatively agreed to instruct the program, which would likely start out as an extracurricular activity.

Kits can be purchased for just more than $100 each that would include bows, arrows and targets. The teacher would need to go through a course and be certified, but that training is not expensive either, Branum said.

“It would cost about $2,700 to start it, and I think we can cover that with donations and grants,” he said. “We might start it out as a club and see how it goes.”

He said it would fit in well as an activity in the PE classes – not necessarily just at the high school level – and can include and support various other curriculums including math and science.

Branum said it was surprising to him how many other school districts do offer archery programs.

“If we make it part of the curriculum, then kids will have to keep up their grades in order to compete,” he said. “As you know, studies have shown that when kids have something like this that they’re interested in, they will work harder.”

The board gave Branum the go-ahead to continue looking into it and bring back a proposal.

OTHER BUSINESS

In a fairly quick meeting, the board also:

  • approved guides, parent agreements and permission forms for parents to sign for the new Chromebook notebook computers, which are due to be issued Monday to high school and middle school students;
  • named trustees Larry Nivens, Charlie Matthews and Lance Thweatt as authorized signers on the John H. Walker Scholarship Fund account, which had to be moved recently to Legend Bank after the Citibank branch closed;
  • heard an update on the greenhouse that is due to be built this fall – including a discussion over whether to let the contractor install the watering system or to handle that with district personnel;
  • heard reports from principals at all three campuses on enrollment, attendance and upcoming activities;
  • hired Miranda Jeter for a half-day to teach pre-kindergarten after high enrollment at that level made it necessary to split the class; and
  • discussed needs like air conditioning the volleyball practice gym at the old elementary school and a new scoreboard at the AHS football field.

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