The Chariton Community School Board held a discussion and took action on attendance policy at home athletic events at their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 11.
Following the discussion, the board approved a motion to approve four tickets for Chariton athletes and two for visiting athletes to attend home games for Chariton athletic events as long as social distancing and mask wearing rules are followed. The board also said they will be reassessing this decision about every week.
The four tickets allowed for fans of Chariton athletes and two for fans of visiting athletes is also what Superintendent Larry Achenbach recommended for the board to approve.
“Our positivity rate is a little high right now. Athletic Director Tim Milledge and I have talked about different things. Some schools have limits on the number of visitors they allow,” Supt. Achenbach said at the start of the discussion.
“In the South Central Conference about everyone’s adapting the four tickets for the athletes of their school and two for visiting athletes. Knoxville is opening up their games to everyone and is not putting a ticket limit on their attendance,” Milledge said.
“I’m in favor of opening our gym up. Our gym is big and accommodating enough. When I say opening it up, that’s for our home fans, not visiting fans,” Board President Dusty Cain said.
Board member Casey DeHoedt said that she appreciated Board President Cain’s comments, but that she was concerned about the policing of mask wearing and social distancing if the gym was opened up.
“Four tickets for home athletes and two for visiting athletes sounds reasonable to me,” commented Board member Jamie Aulwes.
“Tim, what’s your take on this?” Board member Kyle Curtis asked Athletic Director Milledge.
“I’d like to pack the gym for the kids’ sake and also financially. But I also see where we’re at and I want to be responsible and to help keep people safe, which is our number one priority,” Milledge said.
Chariton had one boys and girls home basketball game this past Tuesday night against Clarke. The boys and girls home games this past Friday night against Albia were snowed out and rescheduled for Monday night, Jan. 18, at the Charger Dome. Chariton’s Senior Night will be held during the games against Albia.
“We were originally scheduled to play North Mahaska Jan. 18, but because the SCC game against Albia needs to be played and we are limited on available dates, we have decided to postponed the North Mahaska game in hopes of being able to find a date for it down the road,” Milledge said late this past week.
There’s also a home triangular wrestling meet scheduled for this Thursday night, Jan. 19, in Chariton with both Des Moines East and Wayne.