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Group to use Montrose gym for archery

April 13, 2017 GMT

MONTROSE — The Montrose City Council last week approved a request for a local school group to use the city gymnasium for archery practice.

Ashlee Boatwright received the go-ahead to for implementing the National Archery School Program from the Central Lee School Board at its meeting Monday night.

Boatwright said 80 other Iowa schools – Fairfield is the closest – already participate in the program, which includes weekend tournaments. The bows are suitable for use by grades 4 through 12, although only grades 5 through 8 will participate at Central Lee.

“As long as it is taught two weeks in school, we can have an after-school club,” Boatwright said.

Grant funding has been awarded, and the school’s physical education teacher recently became certified to teach the sport. Superintendent Andy Crozier has expressed support of the program, according to Boatwright.

She said the biggest hurdle has been finding a practice facility, as the program’s November through February season coincides with basketball.

Special netting to catch the arrows will be used during practice.

“Does the city carry liability for this?” council member Jeff Junkins asked.

Mayor Ron Dinwiddie said insurance should cover the program.