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Cloquet adds coaches to boost safety, supervision


July 12, 2019

This spring, Cloquet school board members asked activities director Paul Riess to prepare a report showing the different sports teams, their participation numbers and the number of coaches for each team.

What that report revealed was significant disparity in coach-to-kid ratios, particularly in two sports: cross-country running and Nordic skiing, where the ratio of kids to coaches was nearly 50:1. On Monday, board members voted to partially correct that disparity.

Riess said he tried to compare numbers with similar-sized schools and couldn’t. The closest he came was Brainerd, which had 50...

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