Shared agreements will be in front of board

FMCSD President says Monday's meeting will include agenda item


FORT MADISON - In a late development, the Fort Madison Community School District School Board President Josh Wykert has amended the board's agenda for Monday's meeting to include an item on sharing agreements.

The board had issued a statement on Tuesday that it did not plan to place renewing the sharing agreements on a future board agenda. However, a media statement released Sunday night indicated the board wanted to be more clear in the process that led to the decision.

The statement indicated in its entirety:

"As a school board, we wish to acknowledge that we could have communicated more clearly about the process that led to sharing agreements not being renewed after the conclusion of the current school year.
We apologize for that, and we will work to better communicate with our community in the future.
We have heard from our community that this is a topic you would like to see as an agenda item.
As a result, there will be an agenda item on sharing agreements at the board’s regular meeting on Monday, April 17 at 6 p.m."

In Tuesday's statement the board indicated they had made a decision to let all shared athletic agreements expire at the end of the athletic seasons for the 2022-23 school year.

Several state officials, including State Sen. Jeff Reichman, said transparency was troubling with the decision. Randy Evans of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council also expressed concern about the action and a lack of a vote by the board.

Several petitions were also circulated over the weekend by several groups looking to get the shared agreements back on the agenda. Those petitions were to be submitted electronically on Sunday and in person on Monday.

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