As we all know, school districts are facing financial insolvency and are being forced to reconsider the ways they do business. That includes mergers when fielding athletic teams.
The unanimous decision by Cherry-Valley Springfield board members not to allow students to join the Cooperstown Central School football program came as a shocker. And based on the look on CV-S’ Superintendent Robert Miller, who proposed the idea to the board, it came as a surprise to him as well.
The board voted against the combining contract between the two school districts for varsity and modified football athletic competition during the 2013-14 season after hearing a presentation from CV-S athletic director Tom Brigham.
Only one board member, Kathleen Taylor, gave reason why she felt a merged football program was a bad idea. She said she felt the sport is too dangerous.
Interesting. We might have expected someone to say it was too expensive, that there was not enough interest or that there was concern about pulling students out of classes (which was brought up by board member Hilary Lusk before the vote).
There would have been concussion measures taken, according to Brigham. He said both schools participate in the same impact testing.
If being too dangerous was the only reason for voting the merger down, we think parents should have been polled before a decision was made. However, we don’t really know the reasoning behind the vote — just that it was shocking it was unanimous. We credit Taylor for speaking out and giving her reason.
According to Brigham, CV-S had 44 boys tryout to play varsity and modified soccer in the fall. He said only one student who played soccer last year showed interest in playing football instead. Brigham said 30 students went out for varsity soccer, and some had to be cut or played on modified to keep the number to 25, which he said was still not ideal.