By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Due to a delay at the factory where they are being manufactured, new bleachers for the Lester Prairie school gym will be delayed for three to four weeks, pushing the estimated delivery date into September.
Superintendent Mike McNulty said during Wednesday’s school board meeting he usually allows for a delay up to about five days on purchases, but this delay is well beyond that.
He noted the district couldn’t order bleachers from another source at this point and get them any sooner.
McNulty met with the sales representative Thursday, after which he confirmed delivery of the bleachers is now expected Monday, Sept. 8.
McNulty said this will not affect the school’s volleyball tournament Saturday, Sept. 6, as both courts will be used and chairs will be set up.
Activities Director Blaine Walstrom has changed the location of some games from Lester Prairie to Holy Trinity due to the delay, and the information will be updated on the school website.
McNulty said he is putting together revenue information, including gate and concessions from an average game, and will work with the company regarding compensation for lost revenue.
The school expects to have the bleachers in place for the Thursday, Sept. 11 game at Lester Prairie, McNulty noted.
Walstrom said he and McNulty met with the Minnesota State High School League to appeal the district’s placement for football.
The appeal was “adamantly denied” by the league.
The board had objected to the placement because the teams in the district were from schools that are larger than Lester Prairie, raising concerns including the potential for more injuries to players.
Board Member Karla Heigl said she is confident that Walstrom and McNulty exhausted all possible appeals and have done everything they could.
Walstrom said he will track detailed information, including injuries, during the 2015 and 2016 seasons when the team is in the new district.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• heard from Gene Starke that he is stepping down as varsity softball coach after 13 seasons. with a record of 159-110.
• heard from Starke that the softball coaching association is concerned girls’ teams are not getting the attention they deserve, and the ratio of coaches to players should be reviewed.
• approved 2014-15 lunch prices, which increased by 10 cents and 15 cents, respectively. This is a required change.
• approved changing the next board meeting from Monday, Sept. 15 to Monday, Sept. 22.