first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sports were topics of much discussion at last week’s Wellington School Board meeting.Jeff DeJarnett, a Wellington Middle School coach of several sports, along with several parents and golf officials were on hand to ask the board about implementing a WMS golf team.DeJarnett said he has 12 girls and 12 boys at WMS, who would sign up to play golf this spring. The sport would cost the school district about $5,000 which will be travel expenses and the hiring of a coach.The board tabled the motion Thursday night and will discuss it next month.DeJarnett said the Wellington Golf Club Junior Golf program during the summer months saw tremendous growth in 2014. There were 54 junior golfers, who participated in lessons and/or competition. “We have been struggling for years trying to get kids to join the golf team,” said James Ginter, Wellington High School head golf coach. “Now suddenly, we are seeing a surge of young golfers. I think providing a middle school program can only help that.”The WMS season would run about two months from March to April and participate in six to eight tournaments. DeJarnett said there are several area high schools to compete against.Ginter also said with the interest of girls in that age group, that could precipitate a girl high school program. WHS has a boys team in the spring, but no girls team in the fall. A few girls have played golf with the boys during the spring.Wellington Middle School Principal Jamie Ybarra said the positives of implementing such a program far outweighs the negatives.•••••Making football stands ADA accessible Wellington school board member Larry Mangan proposed retaining a design contractor to look into the feasibility of making the Wellington home football stands at Sellers Park ADA Compliant.Currently, the stands are compliant on the visitors side where new stands were erected about a decade ago. However, the home stands are not.Mangan presented information to other board members about ADA standards for which states that facilities must be handicapped accessible to the degree so that handicapped individuals would have the same access as those who walk.But the proposal brought resistance from other board members.Board member Jason Newberry said he feared once such a study is made then that would obligate USD 353 to make facility improvements that could cost the school district up to $250,000.“I know one thing, I’m not in favor of spending school funds out there,” Ratcliff said of Sellers Park. “We have plenty of other places to spend our our money on curriculum, textbooks and computers.”Mangan said, though, there is an obligation to those who are wheel chair bound. A couple of students going through or about to go through the middle school ranks are in wheelchairs.Wellington school board member Jackie Berryman said she would be all for the proposal if the school district had the money, but she feared it does not.Ratcliff asked Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss if the stadium meets ADA standards by the letter of the law. He said, “yes.” He would later clarify that it depends on how you perceive the question. If the stadium was torn down and rebuilt then it would not be ADA accessible.Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said the cost of the project is unknown. If a designer determines if it will cost the school district $20,000 it is workable. But if it is $400,000 it is not.The school currently has an architect, who is designing the safety and security projects recently approved by the voters. Weiss said he can ask the architect about a design feasibility and what such a project will cost. The board took no action on the matter.••••In other board news…The purpose for the adjustment was because we did not know when the first payments would be due.  We found out after the August publication that the first payments would be due in 2015.  The adjustment was to add the 2.65 mills (as was the expected mills back in May) for the new bond payments.•The board readjusted the mill levy of the Security and Safety Room Bonds Issue to increase 2.6 mill levies. Roth said the purpose for the adjustment was because when making the 2014-15 budget, the school administrators did not know when the first payments would be due.  They found out after the August publication that the first payments would be due in 2015.The adjustment was to add the 2.65 mills (as was the expected mills back in May) for the new bond payments. Even with the 2.3 mill increase, USD 353 mill levy rate is still lower than what it was in 2013-14.•The board discussed earthquake insurance in light of the recent earth shattering activity, but took no action.•The Sumner County Neighborhood Revitalization plan renewal was approved.•The board went into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 1 reply · active 304 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mother of a bowler · 304 weeks ago AGREE!!! Report Reply +21 Vote up Vote down usd353 parent · 304 weeks ago I am in full support of making the home side bleachers wheelchair accessible. It’s sad to see students in wheelchairs and not be able to join their classmates due to not being able to get in the stands. These students deserve to be able to enjoy these activities with their peers! Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Jerry Loughmiller · 304 weeks ago The visitors’ side has had wheelchair access for a decade? Wellington’s school board should have had time to figure out how to make games accessible to the home team fans confined to a wheelchairs. Talk about discrimination. How about some kind of shop/wood working class project? Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Wellington Citizen · 304 weeks ago I love the idea of MS golf as well!!! We have a great golf course in our town and the golf course staff has been wonderful this past summer to my son who was in the Junior Golf Program there. GREAT IDEA! Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down guest · 304 weeks ago How about an indoor pool for a swim team. Other schools have them, so why can’t Wellington? Isn’t this the mindset? Not all kids play football or basketball. Spending taxpayer money for stuff that has nothing to do with education should be no object for this board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Meadow Lanes · 304 weeks ago Need we remind Mr. Newberry that special needs students are STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS… ” That place out there” brings in alot of money for the school district,so do the right thing not only for the kids but also for the elderly relatives of the participants. Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 303 weeks ago I also agree with a Middle School Golf Team. Derek Harrison along with his staff did a wonderful job this summer with the Junior Club Golf. I agree we need to provide other options. Great idea Jeff! I hope the board approves it! Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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