Shelby's schools superintendent is thanking volunteers for their assistance during this week's nighttime rainstorm that flooded Skiles Field.
"Last night, we dodged a bullet a bit downtown at our stadium," Superintendent Tim Tarvin said at the Tuesday, May 19 school board meeting. "We probably had somewhere around 8 to 10 inches of water down at the football field, in the concession stand."
"Thanks to the volunteers who came down there, particularly the band boosters, and helped get things out of that concession stand and moved out to higher ground here at the high school," Tarvin said.
He described the scene the night of May 18 as heavy rains moved through the region, causing the Black Fork to rise.
"At 10:30-10:45, I drove by the footbridge by Central gym, and it was probably two-and-half feet below the footbridge at that point. I went around to the football stadium side, and that was already pretty wet."
After the items had been secured, Tarvin drove back to the stadium about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
"In that two hours or so, the water had risen two-and-a-half feet," he recalled. "It was over the footbridge. Fortunately, it pretty much stopped raining at that point and stayed that way until daylight..."
"The Black Fork is still swollen, but we could have been in a dire situation if that rain had persisted...I want to thank the volunteers who came out (Monday) night and got wet and got smelly," Tarvin said.
In other business at the school board meeting:
* Tarvin reminded community members that school meal distribution is planned for Tuesday, May 26. Meal pickups usually are on Mondays at Shelby Middle School but the upcoming Memorial Day holiday is pushing it back one day to Tuesday. In addition, Shelby High School's graduation is planned for noon Saturday, May 23 as part of a parking lot ceremony prompted by coronavirus restrictions.
*Approved a negotiated agreement with the Shelby Association of School Support (SASS) for July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023.
* Heard a budget and financial-related presentation by school district Treasurer Barbara Donohue and discussed pending state budget cuts resulting from the coronavirus crisis and how they might impact schools.
* Received an update from Tarvin on continued planning for the 2020-21 school year, which could include continued distance learning due to coronavirus restrictions.
* Received an update on plans for a new pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school building planned for the district's campus off Smiley Avenue.
The school board meeting, because of coronavirus prevention efforts, was closed to the public and shown live on YouTube.
Check the Shelby Daily Globe for upcoming closer looks at topics discussed at the school board meeting.