A special session of the Red Wing School Board met Oct. 8 to approve new language in the facility use and procedures policy, allowing the Red Wing Amateur Hockey Association to move forward with attaining a certificate of insurance and getting kids back on the ice.
The doors to Prairie Island Arena were locked last week and events had to be postponed until the association had insurance on file with the district.
USA Hockey typically insures all groups within its organization, but the organzation took exception to the way the Red Wing School District’s facility use policy was worded and would not issue RWAHA – a member of USA Hockey – a certificate of insurance until the policy was tweaked.
The initial amendment to the policy, which used language specific to the hockey association, was broadened to include any group that wishes to use any district facility, Finance Director Brad Johnson said.
“It would be universal to anyone who uses the facilities,” said Dawn Wettern, director of Community Education.
The policy is more general, which should apply to everyone using district facilities, Johnson said, adding the inclusion of all groups makes it more favorable for the district and the insurer.
Johnson said he feels comfortable with the new policy language.
“It’s everything. Anything the school district owns,” Wettern reiterated before the board voted. “We do not rent the facility without a certificate of insurance.”
Discussions took place in August, when it was decided RWAHA was going to be taking on its own scheduling, in which the need for a certificate of insurance was made clear to the hockey association, Wettern said.
Emails and letters by mail were sent to hockey association members Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 reminding them of the need for insurance certificate, she said.
All rental information will now come through the Community Education office, Wettern said.
The RWAHA’s webpage on the Red Wing Athletic Association website has a new schedule posted, which has the Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam groups on the ice Tuesday night.
The meeting was called to order shortly after 7 a.m. in the Community Education conference room and lasted around 10 minutes. The motion passed 6-0.
All board members were in attendance. Supt. Karsten Anderson was attending a conference out of town.