Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Tony Ingold Re-Elected as President of IESA Board of Directors; Golf State Finals Moving to Metamora Fields, Jared Vanausdoll Seated as Division L Board Member

The IESA Board of Directors approved a three-year golf state final hosting contract with Metamora Fields; seated members to the IESA Board and elected officers; approved a recommendation to put a time limit on regular season baseball games; acted on advisory committee recommendations from baseball, softball and golf; and tied up other loose ends at its regularly scheduled meeting that was held on January 29, 2021.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, Board members Mr. McAlister, Mrs. Marski, and Mr. Johnson canvassed the election ballots and certified that the results of the Board of Directors election were accurate. Mr. Tim Haupt, Assistant Principal at Barrington Station (Division A); Mr. Jeff Owens, Principal at Marseilles Elementary School (Division E); Mr. Tod Davis, Principal at Springfield Franklin (Division M); and Mr. Patrick Drees, Principal at Teutopolis (Division N) were all re-elected to the Board of Directors. Mr. Jared Vanausdoll, Principal at Tuscola East Prairie was elected to represent Division L. After the meeting was adjourned sine die, the newly elected members were seated and election of officers took place. Tony Ingold, Superintendent at East Peoria District #86 was re-elected President of the IESA Board of Directors. Mr. Drees was elected to serve as Vice-President and Dr. Darryl Hogue, Superintendent of River Bend CUSD #2 was elected to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer.

Much of the meeting was spent discussing and approving dates for the reminder of the 2020-21 school year. That information previously announced is available at this link:

Golf State Finals

Metamora Fields will be the new home for the IESA golf finals beginning in the fall of 2021. The girls will play their 18 hole final on Thursday, September 16 and the boys will follow with their finals on Friday, September 17. "While we thank the Peoria Park District and Kellogg Golf Course for being our state host the past seven years, we are ecstatic that Metamora Fields will be the new home for the IESA state golf finals for the next three years," said IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley. "The golf course is one of the premier courses not only in Illinois but in the entire Midwest and will provide a fair but challenging course for the golfers. The driving range and putting green are located on the main property and the clubhouse and amenities are second to none. The information on their website says it all: 'The course itself has a central theme of straight forward shot values, old fashioned traditional play-ability, opportunities for players to bounce the ball into and around every green with variety and options to play the game'. Our golfers are going to be treated to a first-class golf course and a wonderful opportunity."

Here are the highlights from the advisory committee recommendations:

Baseball – The Board approved a recommendation that no inning can start after 2 hours and 15 minutes. This applies to the regular season only. Also, any regular season game that goes extra innings will use the international tie-breaker rule by starting the top of the 8th inning with a runner on second base. Also approved was an exception to the NFHS baseball rules that will allow a batter to use the opposite team's on deck circle for safety reasons if it is deemed that their own on-deck circle is too close to home plate. Click on the following link to see the Board action on the committee recommendations and the minutes of the meeting:

Cross-Country -- The Board received the minutes of the advisory committee meeting. There were no recommendations from the committee.

Golf -- The Board approved a recommendation that the girls golf sectionals will be held on the Wednesday after Labor Day and the boys sectionals will be held on Thursday after Labor Day. This will allow one coach to attend both sectionals. Also approved was a recommendation to rescind last year's recommendation that ties at the golf section for places 2-9 would be broken by a scorecard playoff. Starting this fall, only ties for first place will be broken. Ties for places 2-10 will not be broken. Click on the following link to see the Board action on the committee recommendations:

Softball – The Board approved the same recommendation for softball as baseball regarding the on-deck batter.

Other Business Items

Scholar Attitude Award: The COVID-19 pandemic will not allow for the Scholar Attitude Award to be held in the same format as it has been held in previous years due to the expense of administering the award. Simply put, the Association does not have the financial resources to conduct the traditional program. Instead, schools will be given the opportunity to nominate one boy and one boy from the or school who will then receive a certificate to indicate they won the school award. Additional information will be forthcoming.

State Cross Country Host: The Association received two bids to host the state cross country finals. One was from Normal Parkside Jr. High School; the other bid was from Eastview Christian Church in Normal. The Board tabled the decision until the April meeting to give the administrative staff additional time to review the bids and make a site visit.

Treasurer's Report: Mr. Drees presented the Treasurer's report. The Board accepted the treasurer's report for the fiscal period ending December 31, 2020.

Board Meetings: There are two regular meetings remaining in the 2019-20 school year. One is scheduled April 9, 2021, and the other is scheduled June 18, 2021.

Administrative Reports:

Mr. Endsley reported on the status of the Rawling contract; that the agreement with Arbiter has been dropped; provided an update on the Go Fund Me account; and informed the Board that the Association has applied for the second round of the PPP loan.

Division Reports

At each meeting of the Board of Directors time is devoted for each board member to report on communication with and requests from the member schools in the member's division. In addition, Board members also may make observations regarding the operation of the Association. Following is a report of those from the meeting:

Division A---Mr. Haupt was contacted by a school in his division asking for a listing of schools that have entered the various activities for the 20-21 school year. Mrs. Schaefbauer will attempt to send that material to the school.

Division C---Mr. McAlister received a concern over the cancellation of the boys basketball state series.

Division E---Mr. Owens reported schools were asking if the IESA state track and field meet will be held this year. At this time, no decisions have been made.

Division F---Mr. Johnson reported that some schools were willing to pay an assessment to help with the finances of the Association. It was explained that the membership dues were increased to help the situation.

Division K---Mr. Graham indicated that many schools expressed concern over the 30 ft. spectator seating requirements listed in the All Sports Policy. Schools are reminded that the guidance is coming from IDPH and not IESA. IESA shares the concern of everyone that many schools are not able to allow spectators at their contests because of the 30 ft. rule.

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