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Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Brooklyn Center, MN
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018


• Meeting was called to order by Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz
• Reflection provided by Board Member Eric Lehtola
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Kristi Vesall, MSHSL Office Manager, was honored for her 33 years of service to the League. She is currently the longest-serving staff member and will retire on Dec. 31, 2018.
• Two video presentations were shared: Governor-Elect Tim Walz on 45TV during the Prep Bowl, and an NFHS feature on Title IX pioneer Dorothy McIntyre.
• Meeting agenda was approved.
• Board meeting minutes from Oct. 4, 2018 were approved.
• League Lobbyist Roger Aronson provided a post-election review and update.
• The sales tax exemption, and the desire to remove the “sunset” from the legislation for the MSHSL Foundation, was shared.
• Aronson reported on the number of changes in the legislature and anticipates a strong year of learning at the Capitol.
• Legal Counsel Joe Kelly provided updates on four cases.
• Executive Director Erich Martens reminded staff and Board Members of the expectations of standard professional protocol.
• Announced that board vice president Craig Anderson was inducted into the Minnesota High School Coaches Association hall of fame. Anderson retired in 2016 after coaching baseball for 40 years, including the last 39 at Pine Island. He ended his career with a 521-378 record.
• Commended all support and executive staff for their great work in running our State Tournaments this past fall. Shared information in national publications as it relates to MSHSL activities.
• Announced that Chad Stoskopf has been named the new Region Secretary in Section 7A commencing July 1, 2019.
• Announced the first Principals’ Advisory meeting was held at the League Office. The group is interested in growing their role with the League and the board.
• Approved August workshop dates and location through 2021.
• Approved a waiver for member schools competing in girls’ lacrosse to schedule one additional game beyond the limit against Rogers High School.
• Tabled a decision on a case of two former Coon Rapids co-head wrestling coaches for further review of testimony.
• Approved personnel updates and changes presented by the Executive Director.
• For one year, approved the use of music judges from bordering states who have obtained the appropriate association certification for the 2018-19 school year.
• The Executive Committee report was approved by voice vote.
Classification/Tournament Format

• Approved the adjustments in Board Policy regarding classification formats for two, three and four classes. Also lowered the minimum required number of competing schools from 288 to 192, to allow the opportunity for more activities to change to a three-class format.
Classification Appeals
• Approved proposed language found in “Class Competition D5h1.1” in the MSHSL’s Handbook to include: “or, MSHSL enrollment for grades 9-12 is within 10 percent of the classification cut-off number for the class to which the school is appealing.”
Conference Placement of Member Schools

• Approved the recommendation of the Conference Placement Committee, which placed Buffalo High School and St. Michael-Albertville High School in the Lake Conference beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
State Wrestling Tournament Seeding Criteria Adjustment
• Approved a change to individual seeding criteria for the state wrestling tournament. The last of eight seeding criteria was changed from “winning percentage” to “state place winners from two years prior.”

Class AAAAAA Football
• Approved a motion that assigned the scheduling of District Football for 28 Class 6A football teams back to the activities administrators of those 28 schools. This action is in line with the responsibility assigned to all districts in the state.
Representative Assembly Amendments

The following proposed amendments have been sent to the administrative regions across the state. If a majority of the regions approve the amendments, they will be presented to the Representative Assembly on May 13, 2019 (tentative date):
• An expanded definition of divorce: Bylaw 111.1.B.iv
• Expanding participation availability for international students beyond one year at junior varsity level or lower: Bylaw 111.2.B-C.
• Changes to the application of one-year varsity ineligibility. Bylaw 111.1.C.
• Adding limitations to Bylaws 203, 207, and 208 allowing students in adapted athletics to compete more than 12 semesters.
• Adapted Athletics age eligibility expanded: Bylaw 110
• Adding boys’ volleyball as an activity
• Adding girls’ wrestling as an activity
Music Advisory Committee Recommendation
• Information was shared on the definition of accompaniment performed by a student. A proposal for clarification will be presented as an Action Item at the Feb. 12, 2019 meeting.
Membership Dues and Activity Registration Fees
• Assistant Director Rich Matter shared a chart with a history of membership fees. There has not been an increase for the past 12 years, while the costs to the League have been rising steadily and more programs have been approved.
Golf Tournament Advancement Policy Reading
• The board heard the first reading of a golf rule and policy clarification as it relates to participants’ disqualifications or withdrawals from tournament play. It will be moved to an Action Item at the Feb. 12, 2019 meeting.
Eligibility Committee

• The minutes of the Eligibility Committee were approved as presented.

Audit/Finance Committee
• Approved the September 2018 financial statement
• Approved the October 2018 financial statement
• Approved the annual request from Section 4A for $40,000 to support operating costs.
Marketing and Communications Committee
• Staff provided an update on the Print Contract bid process.
• Staff provided an update on the Radio Partnership
• Staff provided an updated on annual sponsorship agreements
• Staff provided updates on the 75/25 celebration seasons for boys and girls hockey.
• Staff shared information on a proposed pictorial yearbook that will be published annually.
• Staff provided updates on a state tournament-related food drive
Education and Leadership Committee
• Shared updates on Continuing Education Requirement 2020
• Shared an update on the AD Cohort
• Shared a review of Board Education Policies
• Discussed the recommendation for Activities Directors to complete the Minnesota Head Coaches Course. This is an AD Advisory recommendation.
• Shared updates on the officiating programs.
• The League Office will be closed from the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2018, through Jan. 1, 2019.
• Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Sack Hunger: A Night Of Celebration In Spring Grove
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/14/2019 3:05:13 PM

SPRING GROVE – The school colors at Spring Grove High School are red and black, and the Lions girls basketball players wore their colors with pride during Friday night’s Southeast Conference game against Lanesboro. The visiting Burros’ colors are orange and black.

And yet, an intriguing shade of light blue was seen everywhere inside the gym. Both teams wore light-blue t-shirts during warmups. The Spring Grove pep band wore the same shirts. Little kids, moms and dads; it seemed like there must have been a hundred of those same light-blue t-shirts in the gym.

That’s because there were 100 shirts in the gym. Along with the basketball game – and the familiar tradition of a community gathering for a ballgame – the evening was designated as a celebration of Spring Grove’s community commitment to serving others. And it was my great pleasure to bring those 100 t-shirts to town as part of the celebration. The shirts carried the logo of a collaboration between the MSHSL and Second Harvest Heartland, which provides millions of meals every year in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

I was honored to use the @MSHSLjohn Twitter account to help publicize what we called the #mshslSackHunger campaign during the football playoffs in November. All 28 schools that had teams play in the state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium were invited to collect food donations and feed the hungry. Spring Grove did a phenomenal job, collecting more than three and a half tons of food to help their neighbors in Houston County.

During a pregame ceremony, Spring Grove Student Council president Rhiannon Skauge told the crowd, “Students, staff and the community have donated cash and food items. Together we are feeding people and changing lives. Let’s give ourselves a big round of applause for coming together as a community to support this cause.”

The numbers are remarkable. For a community of 1,330 people and a K-12 school of 350 students to gather so much food – plus thousands of dollars in cash donations to purchase more food – is a real testament to the people who inhabit a southeast Minnesota community known as the first Norwegian settlement in the state.

Traveling with me to Spring Grove was Marcus Schmit, the director of advocacy at Second Harvest Heartland. Marcus was a fine athlete at Red Wing High School not too many years ago, and he and I loved spending a few hours with the great folks in Spring Grove.

During the pregame ceremony, Marcus presented a framed certificate of recognition from Second Harvest Heartland to Spring Grove High School. It read: “In recognition of their heroic dedication to hunger relief and achievement as the 2018 Sack Hunger champion, on behalf of Second Harvest Heartland and those we serve, thank you for your support and commitment in providing 11,466 meals for the one in 11 neighbors facing hunger.”

This was a true community effort. Rhiannon (pictured) mentioned many of the leading contributors during her remarks.

“We have a lot of community support during the food drive,” she said. “Bekah Leafblad and the Trinity Youth worked with student council to canvas the town collecting canned goods and cash. Teresa Fegyak and Merchants Bank hosted a two-day bake sale with student council members and bank employees donating baked goods for the sale. Patrick and Red Longmire from Red’s IGA (grocery store) are huge supporters of the school and community. They had a turkey takeout dinner with proceeds going toward the food shelf and also provided a spot in the store for us to have a bake sale. Ellingson Elevator weighs all the food items before they are taken over to the food shelf. Renee Eiken, past student council advisor, has laid the groundwork for the success of this standing tradition.”

If you click on a website called www.springgrovemn.com you’ll see a wonderful slogan: “Pretty. Neat. Small town.”

Indeed. Congratulations to everyone in Spring Grove.

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The daily countdown begins on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. Did you miss a day along the way? No problem. Simply click on the decade and find the year you'd love to relive.

Hockey historians, followers of the MSHSL and high school fans are encouraged to share your hockey memories and reflections. Please send to Tim Leighton at tleighton@mshsl.org. Selected reflections could be used in the spring edition of the Bulletin magazine and on the electronic scoreboard during the tournaments.

We hope you will enjoy your hockey journey.

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