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Fate of junior high sports programs on agenda for Sedalia board of education

April 25, 2010

The fate of seventh- and eighth-grade athletic programs will be decided upon by the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the media center at Smith-Cotton High School.



The board heard from several interested community members regarding junior high sports during its April 12 meeting held at Horace Mann Elementary School. People spoke in favor of keeping seventh-grade football with the Sedalia Youth Football League and adding seventh-grade volleyball at the school.



Smith-Cotton Junior High Principal Steve Triplett is expected to propose several options before the board. Triplett plans to recommend seventh-grade football not be offered at the school. According to documents provided to the district by Triplett and Smith-Cotton Athletic Director Rob Davis, the Sedalia Youth Football League appears to be a better option at this time for seventh-grade students.



Triplett also plans to recommend both seventh- and eighth-grade girls have the opportunity to try out for one volleyball team consisting of an A roster and a B roster. According to the documents, adding seventh-grade participation would be at no additional cost to the district.



Track is currently offered to both seventh and eighth graders and Triplett is expected to recommend the program be kept the same for the 2010-2011 school year.



The board also will have the opportunity to vote on four options for the basketball program.



Option one would eliminate the current boys and girls seventh-grade schedules. Both seventh- and eighth-grade students would have the opportunity to try out for one team with an A roster and a B roster. This option would save the district approximately $15,000. Four coaching positions would be eliminated due to the reduction.



Under option two, both boys and girls seventh-grade basketball programs would be cut. This option also would call for four coaching positions to be cut and would save the district $15,000.



Option three would keep the current seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls schedules and reduce the coaching staff by four, which would mean a ratio of one coach per 20 students. This would save approximately $10,000.



Under option four, the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball programs would remain the same as the 2009-2010 school year. The board members are expected to be asked to keep in mind the districtís financial situation, which could call for the program to be reduced in some capacity for the 2011-2012 school year.



Board members also are expected to hear a construction update and approve a health insurance bid at the meeting.