Cosmetology program on track to come to LCHS; track runner John Davis and coach Kaitlin Kwiatkowski recognized; IHSA testing finds all LCHS athletes performance-drug-free

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[November 28, 2012]  The Lincoln Community High School board met for its monthly meeting on Nov. 19. Several small items were up for discussion.

Cosmetology program

Bret Hitchings, the LTEC director, presented the board with the second draft of a conditional agreement concerning the development of a cosmetology program.

Julie Fritzsche, founder and owner of Hair Masters out of Bloomington, is willing to work with LTEC to provide this program to students. Due to state regulations, the building in which the classes would be offered has to be within five miles of the high school. Fritzsche also has to seek state certification to be part of the project, and she is currently seeking property in Lincoln to lease.

The agreement was written to assure her that LTEC would not partner with someone else while she seeks property and teaching certifications. A more formal contract will have to be pursued before the program can begin.

Hitchings is hoping the program can begin next fall, and he assured the board that there are already a lot of interested students. Early on, the classes would only offer traditional hair-styling instruction, with more options available in the future.

The board approved of the agreement as it was written and presented.

Cross country student and coach recognized

The meeting began with the acknowledgement of the state qualification of a cross country runner, John Davis. Davis and his coach, Kaitlin Kwiatkowski, were both present at the meeting to accept an award from the board. Davis said he has plans to run on the track team at Lincoln College next year.

Coach Kwiatkowski said she has seen a great improvement from the track team as a whole this year, which has been her first year as coach.

IHSA drug test results

Jim Mammen, board president, reported that he had received a letter from the IHSA. On Oct. 22 the IHSA had visited the school to conduct drug tests on all of the athletes at LCHS. The letter stated that none of the athletes tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Building and grounds report

Board member Marianne Krusz reported that a second oven in the school has become unusable. The oven had been in use since 1959. A new oven would cost $22,000.

As a result of this expenditure, Krusz recommended that the school continue to accumulate funds from the 1 percent sales tax before taking on any new school improvement projects.

Currently, the next project that the board would like to undertake would be installation of new cabinets and countertops in the home economics classrooms. Plans have already been made for the cabinets, but now they will have to wait until February at the earliest.

Future baseball clubhouse

Curt Courtwright, his father Todd Courtwright and Marc Schoonover, booster club president, were all present to speak to the board on building a clubhouse for the baseball team. Coach Courtwright presented plans as to what the clubhouse would be like. The coach wants to provide a place not only for the team to store gear and watch game footage, but also to encourage a feeling of camaraderie among the players.

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The structure would connect to the dugout alongside the baseball diamond, and it would be unlocked only during baseball season.

The coach provided the best price estimate he had received so far on the project, which was $14,000. His father said the price would likely be lower than that, as the designer, Kevin Schanley, is a graduate of LCHS and is more than willing to work on this project. "He says he will beat that price, guaranteed," said Todd Courtwright.

The clubhouse would be funded by booster club money that is already available, plus any money that is raised by upcoming fundraisers and the membership drive. The coach also expressed an interest in getting sponsorship from local businesses and past team members to sponsor lockers.

Board member Mark Aughton said his biggest concern was plumbing. Todd Courtwright replied, saying that plumbing needs would be very simple. While the plans did have a small restroom included, it is not a necessity. Should the clubhouse be large enough, a sprinkler system would need to be installed.

Due to the requirements of Title IX, the clubhouse would likely have to be made available to the softball team. Questions were also brought up as to who would pay for maintenance costs in the future.

Coach Courtwright will return to the board when he has found some answers to the legal questions concerning Title IX and future maintenance.

Building usage by the community

Superintendent Robert Bagby wanted to take the opportunity to make an editorial statement.

"The great thing about Lincoln High School is it's always open. It's always available to the public. We do not charge organizations to use our facilities. For example, Chester-East Lincoln is going to hold their Christmas program here again. I don't think any of us are against that. It's just that with the usage our facilities get, from time to time there is wear and tear on our equipment," said Bagby.

Bagby also said he was not suggesting that usage of the building be limited, only that those costs do start to build a little over time.

"I'm just reminding the board that there are times we run into expense," said Bagby.

Those present at the meeting included Jim Mammen, board president; Reatha Owen; Jim Allen; Mark Aughton; Burgandy Henderson; Marianne Krusz; Robert Bagby, LCHS superintendent; Todd Poelker, principal; Rhonda Hyde, vice principal; and Bret Hitchings, LTEC director.



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