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2/22/2013 12:05:00 PM
DePue School Board to consider strength-and-conditioning class

Kim Shute
Bureau County Reporter

DEPUE — A proposed strength and conditioning class at DePue School will be up for approval when the board next meets in March.

 Josh Johnson, who coaches golf and junior high basketball and track, is hoping to add the class as a credited alternative to physical education for students at the high school who are involved in competitive sports or activities.

Johnson said the class would offer more targeted strength training and conditioning for student-athletes who aren’t challenged enough by regular P.E. classes, and likened it to any advanced placement course offered to students who are looking for a more challenging curriculum.

Johnson said he believes the class, in addition to offering an alternative to standard P.E., would help the school to put out better sports teams. The class will require approval by the curriculum committee before being voted on by the board.

* Also, after an executive session, the board agreed to the hiring of Angela Richards as junior high track coach. Richards will replace current coach Erika Ward, whose resignation was accepted by the board earlier in Wednesday’s meeting.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Flanery

Metalworker -
I did not delete any of your comments on this article. Please give me a call at 815-220-6975 so we can discuss your concerns about how we handle our comment section.
Amy Flanery, NT media editor

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

The artical, clearly statesthat the intent is to provide a credited alternative to physical education for students at the high school who are involved in competitive sports or activities.
Now I stated, in my last post that if some one like your sister wants to get in a more chalanging exsiercise program, Join the "Y".
You chose not to post that. I also stated that the prime pourpose of a school is to expand and exercise the mind and not the body.
Schools are cutting fine arts programs such as music only to expand sports and the related facilities.
That, I repeat, is not the pourpose of a school.
The area has a fine YMCA and many fittnes centers. Use them or make this an extra carricular acctivity and the studant is then respos. for the cost and not the general public.
Mam the school districts, counyies, state and most importantly the country is broke.
You want more guns and a larger police presance in schools. You want cuts in medicare and SS while you ask for higher wages and thereby increase the cost of the paper ypu put out. You want the verey people u are aske to take cuts to pay more for JOCKs in school to have their own program so they can get better grades from a coach so they will not loose eligibility.
I still say, let your sister join the 'Y'
You did not post the last post like this so I assure u Amy, you do not have to make me look like a fool, I do a fine job of that all by myself. A lot of people agree with my view, I just am not afraid to speak my mind.

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

To ease the burden on the taxpayer, additional activities could be structured in the athletes' schedules to challenge them in regular P.E. classes, allowing non-team students to participate, or after school on a volunteer basis by the coaches. Enough is spent on the traditional sports activities.

Walking, dancing and bicycling are highly effective in maintaining physical balance and can include almost everyone, as they are competitive sports too.

To balance the exercise portion of health is eating nourishing food. These classes could teach hydo-ponic organic farming, indoor organic gardening, and outdoor when the weather permits. Children love growing what they eat --and taking their produce home is a joy for the entire family. Drinking delicious pure water in larger quantities (48-64 oz./day) will change their palate and improve health.

Obesity is a combination of proper eating and movement. Educating the children on the high sugar and fat content of processed foods is critical in their education. The proliferation of chemicals such as high fructose corn syrup, msg, nanocellulose, and GMOs can distort the human body's processing and storage of real nourishment for energy as well as brain development and emotional balance. There is plenty of evidence of scientific research on the net to bear this out.

Free methods of exercise and good nutrition, as well as music, art and meditation are activities that influence physical balance also. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are all related. Integrating the whole being is critical to success.
Get creative in implementing solutions that work for everyone.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

It good to be the boss, Right Amy?

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Amy Flanery

My sister took strength and conditioning at Ottawa High School ten years ago, and was by no means a 'jock.' And she did go to college by the way.
There is nothing wrong with offering kids a more challenging PE period than playing dodgeball. I am pretty sure they have to do more than just "show up," too. This would be a physically demanding class!
With the obesity problem we have in this country, I say kudos to DePue staff for wanting to offer students an opportunity to work on their physical fitness during the school day.

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