St. Louis schools contracts with hospital for athletic trainer

Student athletes in St. Louis Schools will have an athletic trainer on hand to help them overcome sports injuries in the coming school year.

The district signed a three-year contract last spring with McLaren Central Michigan, a Mt. Pleasant hospital, to provide 1,000 hours of athletic training per school year.

The cost of $10,750 per year will be paid for by pay-to-play fees, by the St. Louis Sharks Sports Boosters and by the district’s general fund, with each being responsible for roughly a third of the total.

Incoming Sports Boosters President Carrie Salladay said fundraising activities throughout the year will help raise the boosters’ share of the money.

These fundraisers include the just-completed sixth annual golf scramble at Hidden Oaks Golf Course and the big apple pie sale in November.

“We also hosted a euchre party in February, where we raised approximately $1,100,” Salladay said via email. “We plan to continue hosting euchre parties one or two times a year.”

School board members, including Salladay, approved changes to the pay-to-play fees on Tuesday. Middle school fees went from $10 per sport with a $20 maximum per child to a straight $5 per sport. High school pay to play remains at $10 per sport.

The district raised $3,260 in pay-to-play fees during the 2017-18 school year and expects to raise $4,160 in the coming school year, said Superintendent Kristi Teall via email.


The school board accepted the resignations Monday of high school physical education teacher and varsity boys basketball coach Scott Neumeyer and high school civics/algebra teacher Sam Morey. The search is on to find replacements for both.


Both school board members whose terms expire at the end of this year, Carrie Beeson and Don Kelley, have chosen to run for re-election. July 24 is the deadline for submitting petitions to be on the ballot for that election.


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