MASON CITY — The Mason City School Board tonight will consider a recommendation to make an application for membership in the Northeast Iowa Conference. The high school’s athletics and activities director Barry Andersen for the last few months has been looking into the possibility of the school district leaving the Central Iowa Metro League. Andersen’s recommendation to the board says moving to the Northeast Iowa Conference would cut travel costs almost in half and hopefully would equalize competition for students. Andersen in a memo to the school board says it would also help with scheduling, and that the student socio-economic profile is similar in all schools.Five of the seven members of the Northeast Iowa Conference would have to approve the application. The NEIC’s current membership includes Waverly-Shell Rock, Decorah, Charles City, Crestwood, Waukon, Oelwein and New Hampton. The Mason City School Board meets tonight at 5:30 in the administration building.
The All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group has announced England Golf as a supporter. The Group, comprising Members of all major political parties and from both Houses of Parliament, has the singular remit to “support the sport of golf.” All-Party Parliamentary Groups do not receive any public funding and are reliant on supporters to enable activities. England Golf is the governing body for all amateur golf in England, representing over 1900 clubs with over 675,000 members. At the heart of grassroots golf, it’s development initiative ‘Get into golf’ introduces new golfers to the game, encouraging participation and lifelong involvement in the game. England Golf also provides business support to clubs to encourage more golfers to enjoy the benefits of club membership, and help promote the game as being accessible, fun and family friendly. Karl McCartney MP, Group Chairman and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, welcomed England Golf’s support. He said “I am pleased to announce that England Golf has agreed to support the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group. England Golf do a lot of excellent work to encourage participation in the sport, and I hope that with their support, the Group can promote golf as a sport for all.” Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, commented “we are delighted to support the Parliamentary Golf Group, and look forward to working closely with Members as they seek to support golf at all levels. England Golf works hard to promote grassroots opportunities to play the sport, but challenges remain, and I hope that the Group will be able to help tackle these and ensure a bright future for golf.” For more information on APPG Golf visit their website. 9 May 2016 England Golf to support Parliamentary Golf Group