Football field revival planned for next year

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

The predominant wet and cool weather of the past three years has played havoc on the football field at Riverside Park, said Kevin Pargman, local turf specialist, in addressing USD 257 board members Wednesday night.
The new field has suffered because it is planted with Bermuda — a grass that thrives in hot and dry weather.
Pargman suggested that to get a more uniform coverage of grass the healthier sod from the sidelines should be relocated to the middle of the field. The takeover of crabgrass and other weeds will also be addressed with weed killer in addition to fertilizer, Pargman said.
In another sports matter, a proposal to add soccer at Iola High School, made earlier by IHS student Maggie Wilson, was tabled, with the understanding that it would be reviewed next summer.
“We couldn’t find a worse time to add a sport with the financial situation we’re in,” said Dr. Craig Neuenswander, superintendent of schools. “We’ve had to eliminate some activities and I couldn’t recommend adding soccer at this time.”
“We may be hard-pressed to keep what we have,” Buck Quincy said.

A WICHITA contractor, Martin Roofing, will install a new roof on the McKinley Elementary School gymnasium at a cost of $52,300. Martin’s bid was one of two. Money for the project will come from the capital outlay fund, which is generated by a 5-mill property tax levy and is in place to pay for building improvements and to purchase equipment.
The roof has been repaired in recent years but has continued to leak. New drains also will be installed on either side of the gym.
Neuenswander gave board members a brief report from the recent three-day visit to USD 257 by the Kansas Learning Network Improvement team. The visit was prompted by the district being put on improvement for having too low a graduation rate among special education students last year at 55 percent. The standard is 75 percent, which was exceeded in previous years.
Neuenswander pointed out that all schools in the district met or exceeded adequate yearly progress in math and reading assessments and several classes scored exemplary.