Wednesday, July 29, 1992

Swim coach points to pool as facility needing more use

Article published July 29, 1992 in The Advance Leader

By Kevin DiColo, staff writer

Plum has an under-utilized, potential moneymaking hole in the ground, according to Plum High School's swim coach.

but to use the facility to its fullest potential, he first has to win the favor of Plum School Board and the administration.

Mark Rauterkus, Plum's swim coach for one year, proposed a regional Plum Aquatics program that would bring approximately $13,760 in revenue to the district, acording to preliminary revenue breakdown figures.

The program is designed to provide instruction to all levels and age groups of swimmers and to promote the sport of swimming in the western Pennsylvania area.

"This is a sink or swim idea," said Rauterkus.

"in my mind, the best classroom ever designed is the swimming pool."

He urged the board at a work study session last Thursday night to make a quick decision so as to capitalize on the popularity of swimming in light of the summer Olympics.

Rauterkus did not get his wish, though. The board referred his proposal to Frank Jones, solicitor, who is presently on vacation until mid-August.

The indoor high school swimming pool was open to the community just two hours every weeknight from the beginning of June to July 30.

Rauterkus poposed to utilize the facility during after-school hours, excluding special school events.

He said he has received concunity and regional support for the program.

Rauterkus' plan is to establish a nonprofit coporation, which will implement programs, schedule special events and manage the money.

Programs include swim teams for various age groups, adult fitness, Triathlon training, pregnancy and newborn swims.

Participants would pay a yearly fee for the programs. Of the revenue Plum Aquatics would draw, 10 percent would go to the district, while the rest would defray operating costs.

The board looked at the proposal with guarded optimism.

"No one is pouring cold water over your idea," said Jeannette Spofford, pardoning the pun. "We are expressing our concerns."

Some concerns include a potential lack of interest in competitive swimming in this area, the idea that Plum's pool would not be exclusively for Plum residents, and the establishment of a nonprofit organization to spearhead the program.

As to the question of competing against East Suburban YMCA pool, Plum Aqua dn the Boyce Park wave pook, Rauterkus said Plum Aquatics is a means to train lifeguards and instructors for area public pools.

"Pools need lifeguards with good instruction. They can only train people three months out of the year," said Rauterkus.

"There is a need for some dymanic leadership programs."

PHOTO: Gabriel Chan, 6, floats head and shoulders above the rest of the Plum High School indoor pool. The pool is open weeknights from 7 to 9 for recreational swimming. (photo note, the kid is in water wings)

Saturday, July 11, 1992

10K in Verona, Mellow Yellow, 43:20 time.

Ran a 10k in Oakmont / Verona on July 11, 1992.
mile 1 = 5:57
2 mile = 13:58
3 mile = 22.
4 mile = 31.low
Hills in mile 4, 5, 6. 

Total time, 43:20. 
95th overall.
Winning time, 32:14.
Finished behind 3 women runners.

Sunday, May 24, 1992

Dear Cousins

Dear Cousins,

The Leo Rauterkus family is going to Disney to let the Mouse know that Michele has graduated. It is an important event for they will have major economic decisions to face. (a) their best fan has reached maturity or (b) the same has a job.

We will be spending at least one day with the Florida Family. The Audrey from Pittsburgh has a Scrapbook for Florida Audrey that needs to be filled. Would you please send pictures of any thing decent . Especially all the beautiful children, homes, farms, spouses etc., and/or a letter, note or autograph from you or children. This is your chance to really brag because we have the best family ever and they are too far to realize how lucky they are to be a part of this.

There is at least a page for each. DO YOU WANT IT BLANK?

Because it takes a little planning to keep us together once in a while, please keep October 3rd free for a cousins party at our home.

More details later.

Send all information today to:

Aunt Audrey

107 Pheasant Dr.

Pgh., Pa. 15235

Please put something in the mail to me before June 15th.

Thank you for your help.


Aunt Audrey

Friday, April 10, 1992

Plum Swim Team - 1992


Stacey O'Neil

Jennifer McCurdy

Scott Contreras

Swimmers and Divers

Natalie Hook, FR, surprise swimmer who just missed making WPIALs as an individual. She swam free and fly, and Mark is counting on her to swim at states next season. This has been a big year for Natalie as she has new family memebers and new school. Potential!

Kristen Duray, FR, freestyle swimmer who gained a great deal of confidence throughout the season and was dedicated and wanted to contribute to the team. Coachable!

Shannon McMullen, FR diver, and the only Plum girl to make WPIAL’s in many years. Made the last cut at WPIAL meet and was the 2nd best freshmen diver in the meet. With a new list and plenty of summer diving, she could be headed to states next season. Potential!

April Williams, FR diver, who is not afraid to move ahead and has plenty of athletic ability. She has the ability to show the right attitude and will become a great diver if the coaches don’t turn her into a full-time swimmer. Conditioned.

Erica Opanowski, FR diver, who has come a long way since she started, and she has a full career ahead. Fred is excited about her potential, but Mark respects her spirit the most. Spirited.

Emil Heitzinger, FR, WPIAL swimmer in free relay, who will find success in the breastroke and freestle events in the future. Improved.

Karin Painter, SO, WPIAL champion, school record holder on free relays, state medalists. Karen swam the free events at all distances. Coachable.

Erica Van Tassel, SO, WPIAL champion, school record holder on 3 relays, state medalists. Her seasonal goal was to break the PHS 50 free record—and she did. Spirited.

Mindy Adamonis, SO, I.M. swimmer who helps in many events. Dedicated. She comes to many of the practices and sees the big picture. Coachable.

Becky Pochatko, SO, WPIAL swimmer on point scoring 200 free relay, with a great split. She swam many events including the 500 and the 50 free. Improved.

Tanya Hayes, SO, with leadership characteristics who can swim many events, with a beautifly stroke technique, including the fly. Spirited.

Tara Holland, SO, manager turned swimmer who helped with stroke counts in the early season and developed strength in the pool until she got into some meets with some impressive successes, especially in the backstroke. Coachable.

Kathy Burkhart, SO, who enjoys the 100 breast and she loves the 500. Kathy is quiet and dependable, and with some extra power and strength after this summer, she’ll be a valuable and conditioned Varsity pacesetter.

Natalie Weaver, SO, who swims relays and the back, and has shown some great bursts of speed. With more pooltime and seasonal experiences, she’ll be quick enough to insure sectional titles for the next two years. Improved.

Michelle Melli, SO, diver turned swimmer, had the team’s best finishing kick and drive at the end of races. Conditioning.

Keith Wallace, SO, second year, WPIAL swimmer in IM and relay. Keith is going to be a star WPIAL swimmer and Mark hopes it is next year. Potential.

Aric Miller, SO, limited due to minor back surgery, who returned for the final meet of season to set a personal best time. Coach hopes he’ll be back into true form and making WPIALs next season. Conditioned.

Mike Cook, first year, SO, started as a diver, but is now retired from the springboard. Mike means business, and he wants to win and pushed himself with a great attitude. Spirited.

Aurick Izzo, SO, diver, who scored many points for the team this season. Has a great deal of courage. He can be a powerful athlete and has picked up the sport in an amazingly quick manner. Valuable.

Bonny Rockette, JR, first-year swimmer, with many athletic skills. Next year, she could step into a utility role as she was able to accept a great deal of pressure at times this past season. Improved.

Karen Van Tassel, JR, WPIAL champion, PIAA medalist, ALL-America swimmer, school record holder in 6 events. Potential.

Valerie Walsh, JR, clutch swimmer in the free sprints. She told Mark that she wanted to letter this year, and she deserved it. Val loves to race and beat-up the other team. With a tireless summer of training, Mark hopes she’ll be headed to states next season. Potential.

Susan Beatty, JR, WPIAL silver-medalist in Medley relay, school record holder, sturdy swimmer who made great strides in the 500 free and performed with pressure. Spirited.

Nickole Love, JR, relay swimmer, who dropped her 50 free time by more than 5 seconds. Improved.

Theresa Farrell, JR diver, diving captain and who is active in many school activities and held a great raport with the coaches, as Mark predicted, she will probably coach Fred’s children some day. Fred should be so lucky. Coachable.

Matt Halloran, JR, third year, distance swimmer and brilliant student. Matt hit a pleateau in the 500, and stayed steady with continued hard training. He made a great break-through at the end of the season. Spirited.

Tom Messina, JR, captain, first year swimmer and retired diver, WPIAL relay swimmer and very involved in school activities and music. Tom made some great team pep talks which Mark appreciated. His improvements were impressive, but his shined brightest in spirit.

Jay O’Neil, JR, third year, WPIAL swimmer in 4 events and scored points in the 200 IM and all season long. School record holder and dedicated, physically conditioned athlete. Valuable.

Paul Wozniak, JR, third year, man of purity, WPIAL swimmer in backstroke and medley relay who improved with his single minded Zen-like approach. With dedication, Paul can be a valuable college recruit. Conditioned.

Katie O'Neil, SR, captain, WPIAL gold medalist, PIAA medalist, school record holder. Katie is headed to Grove City to study Math. Coachable.

Nichol Cerchiaro, SR, WPIAL swimmer in two individual events and one relay. As a utility swimmer, she saved our 2nd place team finish at WPIALs by anchoring the 200 free relay. Valuable.

Rayna McMullen, SR, diver, who took a short period off within the season, but returned to dive exceptional beauty and grace. Spirited.

Pam Gamble, SR, distance swimmer who works hard and she enjoys swimming. Conditioned.

Chuck May, SR, fourth year, freestyler, WPIAL swimmer in 3 events and school record holder in 200 free relay. Chuck is headed to Auburn to study engineering. Chuck should be proud of his swim career, and he will never fall out of shape, even 50 years from now. Porfessional Potential.

Jim Rumbaugh, SR, captain, state champion in 100 backstroke and the 200 I.M., with new PIAA record. All-American Swimmer. Undecided major and college, but plenty of visits and opportunities are presenting themselves. Valuable.

John Hedeen, SR, fourth year, first time WPIAL swimmer in back and 2 relays and school record holder in 200 free relay. Headed to college next year. A silent, steady, swimmer who came in every day ready to go and push himself with an intrinsic drive. Improved.

Monday, March 16, 1992

Letter to the OSU Swim Coach

Mark Rauterkus
Sports Support Syndicate, Inc.
108 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

3-16, 1992

Dear Bill Wadley,

We just got home from the Penna. State High School Meet in State College and a good time was had by all.

Jim Rumbaugh swam to a first place finish in the 100 back and 200 IM.
Times of 51.49 and 1:52.58, a new state record in the IM.

Jim beat Derek Williams from North Penn in the IM, both swimmers went faster than the existing state record. But D. Williams has already signed with Minnesota. Williams swam fast relays, including a 20.+ in lead-off in the 200 free relay, setting a new state record for the 50.

Our girls team swam faster at the WPIAL meet, getting second place by 2 points. First went to North Allegheny, defending and repeating state champs. We went a 3:35.66 for a 400 free relay and a 1:50.26 Medley relay. Other fast times were 59.01 100 back, 1:58.5 200 free, 53.01 100 free, 2:11.02 200 IM, 24.57 in the 50 free, plus some others not quite as impressive.

As of now, Jim is thinking about Tenn, IU, NC State?, Virginia, and OSU. You have got to get on the inside track with him soon. 

I look forward to hearing getting the time to complete our book this spring.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark Rauterkus, President

Friday, March 06, 1992

Attention Clinic Directors and Participants

From, publisher

Dear Coaches,

The brand new book, Volleyball Notes, is hot off the press. However, as of today, this new book is so new, that the ink is still drying and the books could not be shipped in time to make it to the clinic this weekend.

The clinic director has a copy of the book's cover, and you will be getting your own copy of this book in the mail within the next week or two.

The book features new materials from Coach Doug Beal on underhand and overhand passing, from Bill Neville on tournaments, and a host of other chapters on volleyball coaching.

We hope you enjoy the clinic and your copy of the book upon its arrival. Sorry for the delay, and I wish we could have put these books into your hands today.

Tuesday, March 03, 1992

Monday, March 02, 1992

Recap of Plum High School Swimming season, Mark's first as head coach

Letter from Mark Rauterkus


Sports Support Syndicate, Inc.
108 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

March 2, 1992 
Plum High School
Athletic Director

Dear Bob,
The Plum High School Swimmers finished a most successful 1991-92 season with first-year head coach, Mark Rauterkus, by setting two new WPIAL records and gaining the highest ever team finish in school history.
Jim Rumbaugh, ('92), set new WPIAL records as he won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke in time of 1:55.61 and 52.34.
The Girls team finished the WPIAL Championship meet in second place with 144 points, only 2 points ahead of Mt. Lebanon, and behind defending state champions, North Allegheny.
The Girls 400 free relay of Karen Van Tassel ('93), Erica Van Tassel ('94), Karin Painter ('94), and Katie O'Neil ('92), won their event with a champion's time of 3:35.66. 
At the one-day, WPIAL meet, the Plum swimmers set nine school records. Nearly 20 new school records were set throughout the dual meet season, as the girls team defended its Section title going undefeated, while the boys posted a 7-7 record.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark Rauterkus, President

Sunday, March 01, 1992

memo to fellow WPIAL coaches

 Mark Rauterkus

Sports Support Syndicate, Inc.

108 South 12th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

WPIAL Meet, 1992

Memo @ WPIAL & PIAA Swimming

Dear Fellow Coaches,

Here are some suggestions that I’ve been considering. We all know that there are many different ways to promote fast swimming. This list of ideas is my way of sharing some thoughts with you, and I do not intend to push for any one or all of these ideas at this time. Let’s just talk about them.

1. There are too many meets and these meets take away from the more valuable training time.

2. The Home and Away competition in meets could work if there were only four teams per section.

Let’s double the number of sections in the WPIAL keeping the good local rivalries alive.

Swim Section meets on Mondays, as scheduled by the WPIAL office, and make Thursdays the day for schools to schedule meets as they so desire.

3. Benefits Single-Sex meets:

Schedule boys meets on Mondays and girls meets on Thursday, giving the other sex an opportunity to train instead of going to the meet.

As justification to allow more competitors, we could push for JV and Varsity heats in big-school sections at single-sex meets.

Big school team should consider swimming against each other on the same day with girls at one school and the boys at another with JV and Varsity heats.

Single-sex Varsity only meets would allow teams to swim together for a 80 minute warm-up/practice followed by the meet.

3. We need more championship meets. Let’s not be forced to swim all of the late-season, dual meet schedule, and instead let’s hold bigger, multi-team, seeded meets. I suggest:

WPIAL, Boys vs. Girls, Freshman Swim Off - January 2

Boys and Girls JV Section Championships - January 20

WPIAL Distance Classic with 800 Free Relay, 1000 Free, 400 IM - Feb.1

WPIAL 6-Dive Championships - Feb. 1

Boys and Girls Varsity Conference (8 schools) Championships - Feb 10

4. Coaches and officials need to be responsive to more experimentation within the meet program.

At certain meets, let’s re-design the meet program and scratch some events in favor of different event and let’s use multiple heats.


• 400 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay

• 200 strokes, and 400 IM

• 100 IM, 25 strokes

• 1000 free with 2 swimmers per lane instead of the 500

• Freestyle only meets with multiple heats per event

(no Medley, IM, or stroke races)

• Stroke only meets with multiple heats per event

(no 50, 100, 200, 500 or free relays)

5. In swimming, it is wrong to ask swimmers to make a State Qualifying time and place in the top 7 finishers. This is not the Olympic Trials. This is not a season ending meet. Make a time standard and stick to it. We are forcing kids to swim against each other and coaches to out-think each other, when we all should be racing against the clock.

Example: One team may want to train 4 or 6 swimmers for the same event in one season. That team would be punished in the WPIALs as they would knock each other out of going to states. But, they may all be able to do the time!

Example: One swimmer wants to make finals at states and avoid the shave and taper for the WPIAL meet. A WPIAL swimmer can not simply achieve the time standard at WPIALs and go for a better performance at States. A coach can be certain that a swimmer is going to hit a certain time, but no coach can guarantee an athlete as to what his or her final place will be and if a trip to states and shaving and tapering is possible. Hence, all the WPIAL swimmers have to either rest and shave to make states or worry about the final WPIAL place. From what I’ve been told, the WPIAL swimmers who could be getting seconds swims at states, don’t make many improvements at the PIAA meet.

We should improve the time standard and send any and all swimmers who make the PIAA cut-time advance to states, regardless of place. We should make an objective, published, study of the time standards and make recommendations based on a five-year average on each event, perhaps taking the 5th place time and adjusting the time standards accordingly.

We must push for this at the state level and use all of our political clout. I would rather take less kids to states and have a firm time standard to make it to states. This is the biggest problem in WPIAL swimming today.

6. For state championships, Illinois has tremendous success holding all the events of prelims on Friday and then all of the Finals on the second day. This allows swimmers to double in events more reasonably.

I’m not sure how a 2-sex meet on one weekend would work. Holding all the Prelims for both boys and girls on the same day might make an impossible day.

Day: Evening:

Day 1: Girls Prelims + Girls Diving

Day 2: Boys Prelims + Girls Finals

Day 3: Boys Diving + Boys Finals

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sincerely Yours,

Mark Rauterkus, President

Tuesday, January 28, 1992

Plum High School - some time from the girls varsity dual meets

Medley Relay, 1:55.4

200 free, Karen V = 2:00.4, Karin P = 2:00.3, Katie 2:01.5, Susan 2:02.0

50 = Erika = 26.2

100 free, 55.5 = Karen V

100 fly, 1:03.1 = Katie

500, 5:28, 5:30, 5:38

IM, 2:15, 2:17

Breast, 1:11., 1:17

Back, 1:01.3, 1:08

- - -
This was a note sent to a friend. I was the first year as the head boys and girls coach.

Having a great time as the new varsity coach for the Plum Mustangs

Mark Rauterkus
Sports Support Syndicate, Inc.
108 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

January 28, 1992
Plum High School
Athletic Director

Dear Mr. Robert Terlinski,

I'm having a great time, in this my first year, as the coach of the Plum High School Swim Team. I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with the students and get back into the day-to-day activities of sports.

Now I'm doing some thinking about next year and the long-term future. I'd like to explore the possibilities of some day moving into a full-time position with the school district. Would you be willing to entertain some ideas and proposals from myself regarding the creation of a new position within the district?

I see a number of different ways in which I could be of value to Plum besides being a swim coach. I'd like to work with you as Athletic Director and Mr. Klaus. Together we could dream up a couple of ideas, come to some agreements among ourselves and then pitch a proposal or two to the administrators and eventually the board.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks for the consideration.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark Rauterkus
Possible Positions:

Natatorium CEO

Athletic Development Director

Executive Director of the Plum Press

Chairperson of the District Wide Pull Your Own Weight Activities

Regional Swimming Coordinator

Sponsor of Publications (Yearbook/Newspaper/Wellness Newsletter)

Teacher of:
Swimming Classes
Applied Reading and Writing
Collegiate Recruiting

Resource and Coach for Other Sporting Activities

Conditioning Coach


February 5, 1992
Plum High School
Athletic Director

Dear Mr. Robert Terlinski,

Here is the first draft of some ideas that I had in mind for us to share and discuss. You said it is always wise to listen, and I agree. So I'd like to start with these six ideas and get a picture from you as to what you think might work, and what might not work. These ideas are a first step, and I'm quite open to making changes based on your feelings and advice.

At first, I'm going to offer a wide range of ideas. There are too many here for one person to accomplish, but we might be able to build a position with points from a few of the different plans. They are in no order with regard to importance.

Iíve named each idea with a title for easier discussion. They include:
ï Natatorium CEO
ï Founder and Executive Director of the Plum Press
ï Chairperson of the Pull Your Own Weight Activities
ï Founder and Director of the Regional Swimming Team
ï Resource Coach for Plum's Sports Teams
ï Teacher

Furthermore, I realize at some point I'll need to further sell my ideas to others and even outline my philosophy of teaching. I'm prepared to do what ever is necessary in our discussion so that I may present a viable proposal to the district.

Natatorium CEO

Job Description:

Program and administer all after school activities at the swimming pool.
Design and manage the budget for programs.
Hire all staff.
Coordinate payroll, time sheets, and getting all pay materials from the employees to the school district accounting office.
Hold a forum for community input and evaluation regarding the programs.
Coordinate usage of the pool with outside groups.
In the summer months, either manage or hire a manager to operate the poolís programs.

Increase utilization of the natatorium by the community with the involvement in meaningful programs such as:
Learn to swim, family swim, water safety, masters swimming, fitness swimming, rehab exercise, and alternative activities such as water polo, diving, scuba, underwater hockey, birthday parties.

To upgrade the aquatic educational opportunities in periods beyond the school day by sponsoring creative programs and enrolling active, dues paying participants supporting such programs.

Classroom availability.
Weight room availability
Qualified instructor payroll
Marketing and promotions budget
Class supplies and storage for pool area usage
Founder and Executive Director of the ìPlum Pressî

Job Description
Design and seek approval of a business plan for the formation, funding and operation of the Plum Press.
As the formation of the Plum Press becomes a reality, the founder would become Executive Director.
Plum Press Definition
The Plum Press would be a new department or a non-profit subsidiary within the school district.
The Plum Press would have its own operational budget that would allow for revenues, expenses, some speculative investments, capital investments, inventory, part-time salary, etc., etc.
The Plum Press would be a commercial, enterprise, operated by a school district appointed executive director that creates an educational setting for the students and allows for the development, display, distribution and marketplace involvement of in-house products.

The Plum Press would be a cutting-edge, private/public cooperative venture that would operate 12 months of the year that would have the following benefits:
Teach students how to work-place setting
Provide hands on experiences of the marketplace in

Projects in mind for the Plum Press include:

The Sports Reader
A quarterly, book review magazine with a fun, sports, recreation and fitness focus.
The Sports Chronicle
A quarterly magazine of newspaper article reprints from around the nation related to sports-specific topics.
The Golden Cog Award Program
An awards program for authors, editors, publishers, illustrators for accomplishment in publishing sports and fitness materials.
Book Series:
A is for Athlete
This series of multi-lingual, sports-specific, alphabet books would teach languages and sports and culture. The series would feature one book for each Olympic Sport and each book would feature six or more different languages. 
First Things First
This series of sport-specific books would teach a 9th grader how to consider trying out, joining, playing and conditioning him or herself for a scholastic sports team. The series would have a book on each sport offered in the high school setting.

Sports Math
This series of workbooks would feature questions and answers about math as it relates to sports and recreation. The series would get more difficult with regard to the sports in discussion as well as the math skills needed to solve the problems.

Patrick Rabbit - Literacy Comic Books
This series of comic books feature Patrick Rabbit of the literacy advocate group, Cartoonist Across the World. We will write the stories, sell the ads, build a program of distribution and contract with the creative talent.

Notes on ________
This series of more technical, how-to books are written, by and large, by proficient student-athletes in conjunction with expert, internationally famous coaches. Each book will be on one sporting activity. For example, we can get Olympic Swim Coach, Don Gambril, to coordinate the text for the book, Notes on Swimming.

Lifting in the 5th Dimension
This is one book that looks at peak performance and it utilizes weight lifting as the medium of expression. However, we can re-write this book over and over again making it apply to all sorts of activities, from marching in the band to playing on the volleyball team. 

Talking with the Golf God
This book, like Lifting in the 5th Dimension, is written for a specific gameóthe game of golf. However, the sports psychology, visualization, and other self-help messages of this book can be taken out of the context of golf, and re-written for other activities. This would be a fantastic project for high school students to complete.
Special Events

Pull Your Own Weight
Speaker's Tour
Student Readings
Radio Public Service Announcements
Halloween - Now that is Scary.



ï Chairperson of the ìPull Your Own Weightî Activities
ï Founder and Director of the Regional Swimming Team
ï Resource Coach for Plumís Sports Teams
ï Teacher

Keep It Simple Plan of Action for Mark Rauterkus Joining the Plum School District

Mark would like to explore the possibilities of becoming a full-time employee of Plum School District.

Mark suggests the creation of new, 12-month position within the school district.

The new position with have two major responsibilities with titles to be called:
Natatorium CEO and 
Executive Director of the Plum Press

As Natatorium CEO, Mark will take responsibility of the development and administration of all aspects of the Natatorium programing beyond the normal school day, including summers. 

As Executive Director of the Plum Press, Mark would lead a new department within the district as a non-profit subsidiary. The Plum Press would have its own operational budget allowing for revenues, expenses, speculative investments, capital investments, inventory, part-time salaries, office space, etc., etc.
Just as some universities sponsor their own University Presses, such as the University of Pittsburgh Press, so will Plum High School have its own commercial, incubator, laboratory, enterprise, operated by a school district appointed executive director. 
The Plum Press will create a new educational setting for the students and allows for the development, display, distribution and marketplace involvement of in-house products and services.
The Plum Press could be a cutting-edge, private/public partnership, that would inject a tremendous amount of energy, and zeal for reading, writing, fitness and sport into the student body and community at large.
The Plum Press would do wonders for literacy, personal fitness, creative thinking, self-esteem, and the Plum Press would offer real-world application of class-room knowledge for the students.
I feel that the Plum Press could have a positive impact on every student that goes through this high school and for every citizen in the district. Within ten years, I feel that the Plum Press could have touched every adult in the county in a positive manner. Furthermore, I feel certain that the Plum Press can be operated in fiscally responsible nature that would make it a source of new revenues within five years. 
The Plum Press would not be created for the sole purpose of turning a profit, but within a few years, the revenue from the activities of the Plum Press could fund many exciting experiences, from computer labs to guest speakers. In due time, the operations of the Plum Press could certainly pay for all the costs of the overhead, including the executive directorís salary. 
School and Employment Operational Considerations:

The Executive Director of the Plum Press would teach two classes per semester, 6th period and 7th period, to be called Applied Reading and Writing.
This elective, one-semester course would be open for 10 to 15 upperclass students who have earned high-honors English grades.
Applied Reading and Writing would be held in a classroom next to the office and store-room of the Plum Press. Hopefully, this room could be made available near the print-shop, perhaps room B6? This classroom and storeroom would also need to be the Executive Director's office throughout the day. It will need to be equipped with 4 to 10 computers, a couple of phone lines and other, special equipment.
As teacher, the Executive Director would report to the school principal.

The Natatorium CEO will hold many pre-school activities for students and staff. Among those activities will be the creation of new club, the Plum Guards. The Natatorium CEO should be assigned Home Room responsibilities and have the Plum Guards as students in that Home Room throughout the entire school year. 
The Natatorium CEO should also teach one course in the first period in the first semester to be called, Advanced Aquatics Exercise and Instruction. This class should serve as a PE requirement for the students who enroll.  The class should be restricted to swimmers who have already passed the PE swimming class. A classroom and part of the swimming pool should be available for the class meeting. It might be possible that the regular swimming class and the Advanced Aquatics could be held in the pool in first period if both classes are kept to a small number of enrollment.
As far as the coaching is concerned, Mark would intend to continue to serve as the head swimming coach for the boys and girls teams. No significant changes other than hosting a couple of large meets each season, are in-store for the swim teams and the coach should report to the athletic director.

With the Plum Press and the activities revolving around fun activities, like athletics and sports and such, the Executive Director would like to be considered a "Resource Coach" for all athletic teams in the school.

Saturday, January 18, 1992

Pitt host OSU in swimming and we're with a front row seat

Mark Rauterkus
Sports Support Syndicate, Inc.
108 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

January 18, 1992
Plum Swimmers

Dear Swimmers, Divers and Friends,

The meet is at Univ. of Pittsburgh Trees Hall, across the street from the field house and slightly further up the hill from the stadium and more to the crest of the hill and to the left as you look up the hill. Enter the front doors of the Physical Education facility - 2 story white building - and go to the left. 

The meet at Pitt with Ohio State and Penn State starts at 1:00. We will all sit together. PSU is going to be shaved. There will be diving. Meet will end about 3:15 or so, depending upon diving delays. The OSU coach will speak to our group at the conclusion of the meet in the stands. 

After our talk in the stands following the meet, we will head to my address, listed above, on the South Side. Go down the hill to Forbes Ave. which is a large, multi-lane, one way street headed to downtown. Head to downtown and take the first bridge across the Mon River. Turn Left to cross the bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn right onto Carson Street. Head to Station Square. Drive down Carson Street past the business district. The cross streets are numbered. Watch for 12th Street

Turn Left onto 12th Street. Go two blocks and our place is on the corner of Bradish and 12th, #108, a grey wooden building with large windows in front with old Cats Paw heel decals, as it used to be a shoe repair shop.

Bring money to buy pizza, as we will get Dominos. I'll have lemon aid. We will build our new meet program with desktop publishing. Each person writing something about him or herself. By 6:30 or 7:00, everyone must be gone.

We can't go ice skating at Schenley as it is closed on Saturday due to cold weather. There is ice skating at 21st street on the South Side but it does not start until 8:00 pm. You are on your own getting to and from everywhere. Some people will be leaving after the meet and others will leave after a short visit to my place.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark Rauterkus, President