Following a lengthy discussion, the Hills-Beaver Creek School Board approved a land use agreement with the Tri-State Buffalos, a semi-professional football team.
Earlier this month 2005 H-BC graduate Cody Scholten approached the board with a land use request that would make the H-BC football field the home field for the Tri-State Buffalos team.
Scholten requested use of the football field for four regular season games and possibly playoff games. The team would want to use the gym for a couple of winter practices and have access to the locker rooms before and after games.
He offered the district $250 and said the team would be willing to pay for utilities used.
At the board meeting Monday night Superintendent Todd Holthaus presented a $648 estimated cost per game.
This includes labor for preparing the field, supplies, cleanup, electricity, locker room rental and gym rental. He also had a blank area to cover wear and tear on the field.
Board member Harley Fransman later thought $100 was a fair figure to cover wear and tear. That brought the total per game cost to $748.
At the previous meeting it was discovered that in order to run the score board, half of the field lights must be on. Scholten suggested an electrician be consulted to make it possible to run the score board on its own, thus saving the district money. He said the team might be willing to take on some of that cost.
Holthaus said the district would need to contact the Minnesota School Board Association regarding a contract between the district and the team. The contract would require the league to show proof of their insurance bond.
Concerns over wear and tear were eased when Scholten agreed that the team would not play if the district determined the field was too wet.
Fransman made a motion to enter into an agreement with the team at a rate of $748 per game with 50 percent paid upfront.
Lois Leuthold seconded the motion, which was approved by the board.
More on the team
Scholten has played semi-professional football in Sioux Falls in the past. The Tri-State Buffalos is a new team he is forming that would join the 15-year-old Southern Plains Football League.
The nine-man team already has 30 players committed to playing in the spring season, including nine H-BC graduates.
Players on the team will come from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, so Hills would be a centralized location.
Throughout his discussions with the board Scholten stressed the league’s desire to work within the community and with area charities.
The team collects funds through sponsorships, collecting the $5 entry fee at games, through fundraiser nights at restaurants and through planned raffles.
He said they will sell raffle tickets in the near future, and at the end of December they will raffle off two fully processed pork bundles.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Scholten or the team through their Facebook page.
For more information on the team you can check their website at www.tsbuffalos.com.
In other board news:
•Grade levels at the junior/senior high school are having a hallway-decorating contest. The winner will be determined by public vote during home basketball games on Dec. 11 and 13.
•The board set the following dates for public Flexible Learning Year hearings; 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 7 pm. on Monday, Jan. 7, and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The public hearings are required to give people an open forum to voice their opinions on FLY. The board will decide whether or not to proceed with the FLY application during their Jan. 28 meeting.
•The board will meet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, to canvas the votes of the election on Dec. 18. They will also hold a short meeting at that time.