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Tri-Districts to be lauded for athletic agreement

By Staff | Mar 18, 2011

A lot happened Wednesday night at Sentral School in Fenton.

The Tri-District board, comprised of Armstrong-Ringsted, North Kossuth and Sentral school districts, agreed to share spring and summer sports and volleyball, basketball and basketball cheerleading.

While details such as uniforms and a mascot name are yet to be worked out, it was a major step toward district consolidation something that’s key for mutual survival.

“We want to make this agreement work,” said Mike Landstrum, North Kossuth superintendent.

It was precisely that sort of attitude that did in fact make the agreement happen.

If you want to know why it took a lot to make it work, just take a look at the trophy cases for all three schools.

North Kossuth is a baseball and volleyball powerhouse. Sentral won back-to-back state eight-man football championships in 2002 and 2003 just as Armstrong-Ringsted did in 2009 and 2010. There’s a lot of pride in all three schools.

The key is getting that pride steered all in the same direction into one school district. North Kossuth and Sentral did that with a whole-grade sharing agreement that started in 2007-08. With an agreement to share sports among the three districts, one of the most visible – and emotional – district identity issues appears to be resolved.

A lot of patrons from all three districts attended Wednesday night’s meeting. Interestingly, there weren’t a lot of questions asked nor were there any real objections. That seems to indicate that patrons were looking for leadership.

And they found it. All board members showed exemplary leadership, with every board member putting kids first.

And that’s really the way it should be.