Representatives from the Kodiak
Football League came before the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of
Education at its work session Monday night to discuss possible changes
to the agreement that the league has with the school district. Board members
expressed interest in a proposed change in wording of the agreement that would
open the door to at least the possibility of some district funding for football.
KFL president Joe Bailor referred
specifically to one section of the draft contract in asking the board to
consider the proposal.
sec. "Right now, on this draft
... couldn't do athletics otherwise.")
Walker of KFL agreed with the need for changing the wording of the agreement
and proposed as a first step that the district consider providing a coaching
sec. "This one line or two
lines ... we need everybody's help.")
board member Peggy Rauwolf said she is fully in favor of changing the wording of
the agreement and opening the door to possible district funding for KFL,
because of its benefits to both the kids who participate and the community.
sec. "I've watched this
program ... homecoming for the first time.")
member Melissa Borton suggested putting a cap in place that would limit any district contribution to
five-thousand dollars. Board member Jeff Stephan supported the idea but wanted
to know the amount of money the league would be asking for if the agreement was
re-written. School board president Norm Wooten, who also supported the
possibility of district funding for the league, called it a "natural evolution."
sec. "It's taken the same path
... to consider it certainly.")
All of the board
members seemed to agree with the suggestion that the language in question be
dropped though no official decision was made. Wooten said the board's direction to the
district was to enter into discussions with KFL and bring the matter back to
the board for it to consider once a tentative agreement is reached.
Superintendent Stewart McDonald said the district could not commit to any
agreement with KFL until a clearer picture of the district's fund balance and
student enrollment for this year is determined. He said there is no money
available at the present time.