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Recognizing athletic achievement

MP School Board discusses hanging banners/signage in high school gym to honor state births
Jan 24, 2018
Photo by: Karyn Spory Members of the Mt. Pleasant Community School District Board of Education took a brief tour of the high school gymnasium Monday night during a board work session as they discussed hanging banners or signage to recognize athletic achievement.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


The Mt. Pleasant Community High School gymnasium may be receiving a bit of a new look as School Board members discussed hanging signage or recognition banners in the facility.

Activities Director Scot Lamm said Monday night, during a board work session, that Mt. Pleasant is the only district he knows of that doesn’t hang any kind of banners to recognize athletic achievement in its gym.

“To my understanding, when they built this building in 1998 that was the plan, that we wouldn’t hang anything more than we had to on the walls and in the halls,” said Lamm noting that anyone walking around the school can see that ideal has changed. “To put banners in here, I think is a good idea and something that is overdue.”

After a brief field trip to the gymnasium to see just how bare the facility looks, the members began discussing what exactly they wanted to hang and recognize.

According to Lamm, the Iowa High School Athletic Association awards banners for a number of accomplishments depending on the sport. Mt. Pleasant has received banners for becoming conference champions, qualifying for state, placing at state and for winning the whole shebang.

Currently, the banners are held at any number of locations. Some banners, like those for bowling and golf, are hung at the bowling alley and country club, respectively. Other banners the district has received for football, basketball and track, among other sports, are either in Lamm’s office or the coach’s offices.

The task the school board was met with Monday night was deciding just what accomplishments they wanted to recognize within the gym. Lamm said as much as he would like to recognize every accomplishment, there simply wouldn’t be enough room and suggested hanging banners or signage for state champions and runners up. Board member Willy Amos disagreed.

“To me, the goal has always been to win your conference and get to state. To qualify for state is a big deal ... and should be in the gym.”

Amos suggested having one banner per sport for state qualifications and then list the years Mt. Pleasant qualified.

Lamm also suggested having an interactive kiosk in the commons that would house the district’s athletic and academic history. Lamm said this would allow for all of the student’s achievements to be recognized. “We owe it to the people who have been here and set those records to be recognized,” said Lamm.

The board will discuss the issue further during its regularly scheduled meeting next month.

Lamm also discussed adding more wall padding to the north and south walls, behind the baseline, as a student was recently injured during a game. “One of our basketball players ran into the brick wall that is exposed right at the end there and had an injury from that. It stemmed the conversation whether that should be padded all the way out.”

Lamm said he had spoken with the district’s liability insurance agent and the current padding meets safety standards. “but that doesn’t change the fact we had an injury,” said Lamm, adding the insurance safety standards does state that if something could be an issue, it should be addressed.

In order to extend the current padding, which was replaced in 2014, would cost about $1,000. New padding on both walls would be $3,800.

Lamm added that if the district decided to purchase new pads for the high school, the current pads could be used at the middle school as those are in need of being replaced.

The board will meet next on Monday, February, 12, at 6 p.m. in the High School media center.

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