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Little Raiders set up shop near school

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The South Range school board this past week granted permission for a community youth sports organization to use property at the administrative offices.

The board is allowing the South Range Little Raiders to use property north of the board offices on the east side of state Route 46 for football and cheerleading practices. Games will be played on the stadium field when available.

The organization will be permitted to make improvements for the fall of 2020, pending approval by the school board. The organization agreed to hold the district harmless and each participants’ parent or guardian will sign a waiver for such.

According to Superintendent Dennis Dunham, the organization currently practices at the North Lima field, creating a disconnect from the school.

In response to community concerns about the use of the field since it is on school property, Dunham explained that the property will still be owned by the district and the school board would not be able to keep another school organization off the property when it is not in use.

In other business, a community member Rich Ferenchak suggested sharing the superintendent position with another district.

Dunham is retiring after the 2019-2020 school year and the school board has narrowed its search to four candidates, including a superintendent from a neighboring district.

“Times have changed and costs are out of control,” said Ferenchak, who has suggested sharing the position on several occasions over the past years.

khowell@salemnews.net

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