The Jamestown Public School District will appeal a decision to move the high school football team from AA back to AAA, according to the School Board meeting on Monday.
"Our primary issues were with achieving a competitive balance," said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District.
The Jamestown High School football team completed the first year of its two-year designation as a AA team this school year. The North Dakota High School Activities Association has decided to move the team back to AAA starting with the 2019-20 school year.
The NDHSA uses many factors to consider a designation and is an ongoing process, Lech said Monday. Previously, NDHSA readjusted JHS football classification to AA using a formula that is based on male enrollment, which was at a AA level in football, according to a 2016 School Board meeting.
The latest NDHSA plan is a 16-team AAA division to include JHS and Fargo Shanley taking the place of Devils Lake High School, Lech said. The Jamestown Public School District replied to NDHSA's decision with the position that Jamestown is best suited for the AA division and is formally requesting reconsideration, he said.
Also on Monday, the School Board went into executive session to discuss negotiation strategies with administrator contracts.
There are currently six administrator requests that have not been acted upon by the School Board negotiators, Lech said. These requests include a 3 percent salary increase and for the school district to match to 403b retirement plans up to $2,000, he said.
The administrators also ask that the middle school principal position increase to a 12-month daily rate, and to establish a separate $3,000 contract for the high school vice principal to serve as administrator for Jamestown North, he said. The remaining two requests include adjusting the activities director pay to match the middle school assistant principal, and 0.5 percent daily rate compensation for the elementary summer school principal for one session and the full daily rate for two sessions in a separate contract.
In other business, the School Board approved:
• new hires, Lisa Fisher as speech language pathologist for Washington Elementary, Dorothy White, elementary/high school counselor, and Morgan Schwartzenberger, JHS business education instructor.
• Shane Ringdahl's request for release of contract as an elementary school counselor.
• a temporary construction easement with the City of Jamestown.
• a permanent sidewalk and utility easement between JHS and Two Rivers Community Center with the City of Jamestown and Otter Tail Power Company.
• the resignations of Becky Taylor, elementary librarian, Melissa Brass, Title I teacher, and Elizabeth Edens at the conclusion of the school year.