Upsala School Board approves new football uniforms

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


The Upsala School Board approved the purchase of new football uniforms for the combined Upsala Swanville Area (USA) football team, Wednesday.

Swanville School Board Chair and USA football coach Jay Loven brought a proposal for new uniforms to the Upsala Board. The nine-year-old uniforms currently used are wearing out.

“It’s not a wonderful time to be spending more money,” Loven said. “I talked to four different reps and found jerseys from $50 to $125.”

Loven brought a jersey for the Upsala Board to a look at.

“This is a high quality jersey for a mid-price — $80 for the jersey and $45 for pants,” said Loven.

Loven recommended purchasing 55 jerseys for the team, based on a high team count of 56 team members two years ago, and a current roster of 40.

“That seems fairly safe, looking down the road,” he said. “We have to replace at least 15 home and 15 away jerseys, since some of the boys bought their own jersey and had their name put on it.”

All jerseys will remain with the team in the future, without names. Any team members wanting to can purchase their own jersey separate from what they wear to play.

Possibilities for fundraisers were discussed, but no decisions were made.

“There seem to be constant fundraisers and people get tapped out,” Loven said.

Upsala Board Chair Dean Peterson asked whether the billing for the jerseys might be split between this year and the next, something that Loven thought could be worked out.

Upsala Board Member Karin Nelson suggested that jerseys also be purchased for the junior high team.

“There’s not much left of those junior high jerseys,” she said. “They have lived a long, full life.”

It was suggested that 25 jerseys be purchased for the junior high team.

“I recommend we go ahead,” said Upsala Supt. Gery Arndt.

Nelson also reported on a recent joint powers meeting regarding sports pairings.

Currently, Upsala and Swanville pair together in football, baseball and track.

“Everything that is paired is going well,” Nelson said. “Any suggestions that were made to tweak things were very minor.”

New Board Member Matt Ripplinger also represented the Upsala Board at the meeting.

“Swanville wanted to look at pairing some girls’ sports for the future, with smaller classes coming up,” he said.

“The meeting was cordial and friendly — a good meeting,” said Nelson.

It was decided at the meeting to have paired team equipment kept by the coaches. The football coach will keep the inventory for the football team, and the baseball coach for that team. Currently, each school keeps a portion of the inventories.

“Everything for the teams will be stored in one place,” Nelson said. “One coach will order all the equipment and the two schools will split the cost.”

“It just makes sense to have the inventory in one place,” Arndt said.


Other business coming before the Upsala School Board Wednesday included:

• Learning that in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Hands of Hope presented an assembly for Upsala, Swanville, Royalton and Pierz 10th-12th graders Feb. 20;

• Hearing from Supt. Gery Arndt that federal funding is expected to decrease 5 – 5.3 percent in the coming year, mostly to Title funding, special education programs and small rural school grants;

• Approving a project proposed by Craig and Stephen Roerick, who lease property adjacent to the ball diamond, to establish a grass waterway in the corner of the field next to the ball diamond and the bus garage to prevent further washing out. The National Resources Conservation Service offers 75 percent cost-sharing on the proposal, with the school covering 25 percent of the $8,900;

• Approving the revised tentative 2013-2014 school calendar, changing early dismissal days to Fridays and the Nov. 4 holiday to Nov. 11, deer hunting opener weekend;

• Approving the resignation of Curtis Robertson as yearbook adviser effective in fall 2013;

• Approving the spring coach roster as follows: head baseball – Adam Gerads, assistants – Rudy Tretter and Byron Westrich, junior high – BJ Lange and Barney VanHavermant; head softball – Mark Herbes, assistant – Lauren Volkers, junior high – Leah Merten; and track – Jim Drill;

• Approving the following donations: $305 from Upsala Lions for the fifth and sixth grade snow tubing party at Eagle Mountain; $500 from Upsala Lions for Hall of Fame; $80 from Upsala Lions for purchase of a children’s atlas; $250 from Upsala all-class reunion for Hall of Fame and $3,500 from Upsala Lions for kindergarten readiness program; and

• Authorizing the administration to seek quotes to replace the 11-passenger school van. “There is only a 12-year life allowed for vans,” said Supt. Gery Arndt.

The next regularly scheduled Upsala School Board meeting is Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school media center.