MOORESVILLE — The first meeting of the calendar year for the Mooresville Consolidated School Corp. Board of Trustees was one filled with student recognition as more than 25 members of the MHS eSports team appeared at the meeting to support their state championship players.
ESports, shortened from electronic sports, consists of students competitively playing games against students from rival schools. The competitions work to develop collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking in students through video games.
Mooresville game teams this year included Valorant, Rocket League, Tetris, Overwatch and Super Smash Brothers.
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Seven students from the Super Smash Bros. team and their coaches were officially recognized as state champions in the AA Division Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament.
The players bested ten other schools to claim the title.
“We do competitions through the IHSEN (Indiana High School eSports Network) Fileague,” coach Ethan Flater said. “We coordinate with other coaches and we do competitions in different games throughout two seasons. There’s a fall season and a spring season.”
The eSports team were also state champions in an Overwatch tournament this past spring.
“This is only their second year in existence, and not to brag but we’re batting 100%,” MHS Principal Wes Upton said. “The coaches put in countless hours, they love these kids, they spend so much time.”
The club meets every day at the high school, and a middle school team is in development.
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“We still have another season to play, and another championship win we could possibly get,” Flater said.
Students on the state championship team were Caleb Garrett, Max Pipkin, Wyatt Pfost, Joe Hasty, Stephen Johnson, Andrew Ramirez, and Nathan Garrett. The team was coached by Flater and Sara Richmond, the assistant coach.
The board also voted to keep Dr. William Roberson as president of the board, Matt Saner as vice president, and Tim Cummins as secretary. Steve Harris was appointed school attorney, and the treasurer and assistant treasurer were Monica Hauk and and Jessica Farb, respectively.
The board voted in favor of a $2,000 stipend to board members and a $2,400 stipend for the board recording assistant.
The board temporarily suspended the regular board meeting to convene the board of finance, during which the board elected to keep the same officers as their regular board.
Dr. Jake Allen, associate superintendent, also delivered the 2021 investment report, including investment interest of $4,103.04, banking interest at $23,923.49 for a total of $28,026.53. The report was unanimously accepted.
Allen also announced the designation of depositories, which included Citizens Bank for checking, First Merchant’s Bank for checking and savings, and Home Bank for certificates of deposit. The board unanimously approved these depositories.
After unanimously approving the consent agenda, the board heard several budgetary resolutions, including permission to transfer between various funds, a transfer of $1.9 million from the Education Fund to the Rainy Day Fund, and a transfer of $400 thousand per month from the Education Fund to Operations Fund. All resolutions were unanimously approved.
The board voted 5-0 in favor of publishing a notice for a hearing at the next board meeting, during which the hearing would allow for public comment on potential bond issues for projects around the district.
The board also voted in favor of awarding permission to pre-pay claims, a salvage of play equipment from Newby Elementary, and minor high school curriculum guide changes for 2022.
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At the conclusion of the meeting, secretary Tim Cummins thanked the school administrators who were present.
“I know you guys are doing a great job in the buildings, I appreciate it.” Said Cummins.
The next meeting of the board will take place on Feb. 8 at 6:30 pm at the education center (11 W. Carlisle St, Mooresville).
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