School sports to merge with Bolton?

WARRENSBURG - When the Warrensburg Central school board met Nov. 22 to review policies and long-range planning, Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson suggested to the board they might want to again review merging Warrensburg's interscholastic sports programs with Bolton Central School District.

Particularly at issue was girls volleyball, which at Warrensburg has been suffering from declining enrollment, the team has been struggling to remain competitive.

After much discussion last spring on a potential merger for volleyball, it was decided Warrensburg should continue with its stand-alone program.

But Nov. 22, athletic director Steve Nolan repeated his observations that it was difficult to recruit enough students from Warrensburg to field a team, but merging with Bolton would provide more athletic opportunities for students while making a joint team competitive.

Also, by combining sports programs with Bolton, the two schools could have an all-girls soccer team and an all-boys soccer team - while other teams could be gender inclusive, he said.

"We need to draw a line as to what we can afford," Nolan said, referring to the school district's budget for sports programs.

Board members expressed interest in exploring shared services, and Nolan and Lawson pledged to research options on merging sports programs so information on the issue can be presented to the public during the coming year.

In other business at the Nov. 22 meeting, school board vice president Dean Moore also mentioned his concern over the issues of communication the current board of education is facing. Moore said he would like all school board members to have their e-mail address accessible to all. A majority of board members said they had no problem posting their e-mail addresses or sharing information with the public. Several on the panel said with the 2011-12 budgeting process approaching, it's important for all board members to share information with each other and the public. Not sharing e-mail addresses, they said, might present a problem. The issue was tabled since unanimity on the matter could not be reached.

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