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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

MLPS board tables FFA, soccer pairing proposals

With seven weeks until the start of school and one month until the start of fall sports practices, the Mt. Lake Public School Board was asked to consider a pair of pairing proposals submitted by the Butterfield-Odin district at Monday’s meeting.

The first concerned opening Mt. Lake’s ag education programs to Butterfield-Odin students, which would allow those students to participate in the FFA program.

The second was an invitation for Mt. Lake to pair with Butterfield-Odin in the development of high school boys and girls soccer programs.

Citing space constraints in the classroom and time constraints in forming a sports pairing agreement, the board opted to table both proposals.

High School Principal Michelle Larson told the board that she did not have an exact number of Butterfield-Odin students that would be interested in ag classes or FFA.

The issue, she said, is that ag is a required class for sophomores in Mt. Lake and that the space in the ag lab is limited.

The board opted to ask Butterfield-Odin for more specific numbers, with the prospect of looking into an agreement beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

As for soccer, Butterfield-Odin informed Mt. Lake that it was working with the Minnesota State High School League to develop both boys and girls soccer programs. Butterfield-Odin would serve as the host school and handle administrative duties.

The logistics of putting together a pairing on short notice were a concern, though.

The board ultimately tabled the request until it can survey students and would look into options for the 2022-23 school year if interest warrants.

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