Valley Grove board hears update on fields’ flagpole

The Valley Grove School Board heard from facilities manager and head of maintenance Terry Tantlinger on an update concerning a flagpole for the district’s baseball and softball fields.

Tantlinger told the board during its Monday evening meeting that the flagpole is a commercial 25-foot pole and costs about $669, with an additional $84 to add a light. Shipping is free of charge. After the board’s meeting on Monday night, Superintendent Kevin Briggs said Tantlinger will put up the pole himself, and will do so as soon as possible, weather permitting.

It was during a February meeting of the board when parent Ken Hamilton requested the flagpole. After the Pledge of Allegiance to begin that meeting, Hamilton told the board, “You just proved my point. We need a flag.”

Hamilton cited to the board that every other sporting event has access to a flag.

“The flag allows these men and women to play ball in a free country,” he told the board at that meeting, and that “flagpoles are not expensive.”

It was during that meeting that the board approved the flagpole.

Other business

Briggs reminded board members that the Rocky Grove High School gymnasium will close to the public starting Monday, April 3, due to renovations at the school.

Athletic practices and games will be moved to the Valley Grove Elementary School gymnasium, and the prom also will be held in the elementary school gym.

During a January meeting, Briggs said the hope is for renovations to be complete during summer so the high school gym can reopen by the time school starts in fall.

Alyssa Binkert, Kassidy Stevenson, Jacob Shevitz and Austin Zinz all were approved as the boys volleyball volunteer coach. Kaden Keely was approved as the baseball volunteer coach.

The board approved the administration’s recommendation to accept the $45,000, three-year Single Audit and Real Estate Tax Collection audit proposals from certified public accountant Mark Turnley. The board also reapproved Turnley’s contract.