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FOREST CITY | The Forest City Community School District Board decided to reinstate cheerleading stunting for the 2019-2020 school year and approved the budget for fiscal year 2020 during Monday night's board meeting.

“We understand the importance of stunting with cheerleading,” Forest City High School Superintendent Darwin Lehmann said.

Athletic director Chad Moore said since the no-stunting policy was in place, there were 38 cheerleaders who signed up, 19 to 21 for basketball and 17 for wrestling. He has had no parent meetings and no problems with the coaches as well.

“Whether that’s coincidence or that’s because of the policy, I don’t have the data to support that,” he said.

Moore said when the no-stunting policy was put into place, the cheerleaders accepted it and moved forward despite being a little disappointed.

Mid- to early-May there will be cheer tryouts.

“It’s probably fair they know going in what their pretests are, what we are or aren’t doing,” Moore said.

Board member Pat Hobbs said she wouldn’t be opposed to letting the cheerleaders stunt again if there wasn’t a problem, but if the problem persisted they would return to no stunting.

“I can see where they would want to be able to do the stunting,” she said.

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