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Fennimore will host sectional
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Fennimore High School will host a WIAA Division 3 track & field sectional at Viroqua in May, the Fennimore Community Schools Board of Education learned during a meeting Monday evening, Jan. 14.
Fennimore will supply the workers for the meet. Viroqua will receive 25 percent of the gate and the Viroqua Booster Club will receive 25 percent of concession sales.
“We feel like we are going to make some revenue out of this,” District Administrator Jamie Nutter said. “The WIAA doesn’t take a cut out of this, we host it so we get everything.”
Fennimore has hosted a WIAA regional meet in the past, which was one of the reasons Nutter explored the possibility of hosting a sectional meet at Viroqua.
“I feel like we run an exceptional regional meet and our people know what is going on,” Nutter said.
Accurace Timing Services will providing timing for the sectional meet, while Hall of Fame coach Vince Lease will serve as clerk.
Of the 32 schools involved in the sectional, 22 of them will find the journey to Viroqua shorter than traveling to Bangor.
“I am excited about it,” Nutter said. “For our athletes that are competing and our fans that are following, Viroqua is much more manageable than Bangor.”
Donation accepted
The board made short work of two action items on the meeting’s agenda.
First, board members graciously approved a pair of donations from the Fennimore FFA Alumni.
The Fennimore FFA Alumni will donate $400 to offset meal costs during the Dream Bigger Career Exploration kick-off on Feb. 21. In addition, the group will donate $800 for a new air compressor that will be utilized by the agriculture and technical education departments.
Secondly, the board members approved the purchase of a used vehicle.
Since the district’s last purchase of a vehicle in 2009, two vans have been taken offline and a car will need to be taken offline in the near future.
Transportation Supervisor William Richter negotiated a purchase price of $2,500 for a used van he rated in “good” condition.
Achievements noted
As the meeting began, the board took a moment to recognize the accomplishments of several students.
Fennimore junior Lyndsey Biddick and seniors Drew Hartberg, Kyle Lange, Aaron Swan and Brandon Whitish recently performed at the Dorian Music Festival at Luther College.
“It’s always nice when we can be represented through our students who display levels of musical talent,” Nutter said.  “We are proud of their efforts.”
Lange and Whitish also auditioned for the Chamber Choir and were chosen to perform with those vocalists as well.
Fennimore junior Jared Yanna took top honors in the High School Individual Entry category of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ Student Video Contest. He earned second place for a video submitted his sophomore year.
“He did a video about the importance of education,” Nutter said. “We are pretty excited about that.”