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New track, equipment, ballfield

By Staff | Jul 3, 2016

While school is now out for the summer at Blue Earth Area, one school official says that last year was very successful in several ways.

BEA activities director Rob Norman gave the School Board a recap of the year at their last meeting, held on Monday, June 13.

Norman says there were many students who were involved in all of the various activities at Blue Earth Area, from sports to the arts to various clubs and organizations.

“Out of the 179 seventh and eighth graders, we had 76 of them participating in at least one activity,” Norman told the board. “We feel that is a good number.”

But, it gets even better in upper grades at the high school.

“We had 342 students in grades 9-12 who were out for at least one activity this past year,” Norman said. “That is 71 percent of our students.”

The activity director says the highlight was the success some of the sports teams had in the Big South Conference, with four sports teams taking BSC divisional championships.

“Of course, some of the sports highlights were the football team going to state and the girls track team winning the State True Team Meet for the second year in a row, as well as several of team members being on relay teams and placing first in the state track meet and setting school records,” Norman said.He then went on to explain that there are several new projects and equipment purchases going to happen this summer at the school.

“We are purchasing a new floor for gymnastics floor routines and new bars as well,” Norman said. “Also some new equipment for the weight room.”

Also on the docket is a new fence and improvements to the baseball field that is behind the high school.

“We are also going to resurface the track at Wilson Field this summer,” he added.

But, Norman said some other exciting news is the plan for the school to start “live-streaming” many activities, including sports, on the internet.

“We will start doing some live-streaming of the events at the school starting this fall,” Norman said. “Several other schools in our conference have started doing this and we are going to give it a try as well.”

Norman said he did not expect the live-streaming to affect the attendance at games and concerts.

“People who go to the events now will still go, we think,” Norman said. “But this would be nice for those who cannot get to the games.”

Also at the meeting, Donna Drescher gave the annual Q-Comp update to the board.

She reported this is the fourth year of the plan at BEA and it has been embraced by the teaching staff.