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BCS says 'Not now'

to combining sports

At its Feb. 14 meeting, the Bolton Central School Board of Education discussed the topic of combining fall sports programs with Warrensburg Central, and the outcome was that existing BCS sports will likely stay in place for at least another year.

Board president Dennis Murphy said that Warrensburg Central Athletic Director Steve Nolan and BCS Superintendent of Schools Ray Ciccarelli shared conversations regarding Warrensburg's soccer program joining Bolton Central's, as well as an offer for Bolton students to join the Warrensburg Girls Volleyball team.

Murphy told his board members that the Warrensburg School Board was facing "budget difficulties" and did not want to cut programs. Murphy said that if the teams were to join forces, no team names or uniform colors would change.

Concerns were raised that if the two soccer teams were to merge, the Sectional classification would change from class D to C and the players would face stiffer competition.

Bolton School board members remarked that Bolton doesn't have budget problems like Warrensburg is encountering.

BCS School Board member Carl Schoder said he was sympathetic to Warrensburg's financial crunch, and he suggested that Warrensburg contact North Warren, Hadley Luzerne or Lake George to explore the possibility of merging teams.

After much discussion, the board reached a consensus that there would be no changes for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. It was decided that if Warrensburg Central still faces such a dilemma in the 2012-2013 season, the BCS school board would again consider discussing potential sports team mergers.

WCS budget group seeks public input

Following up on a successful meeting last month, the Warrensburg Central School Budget Citizens Advisory Committee will holding more meetings outside the school to prompt public involvement in planning the school's finances for the 2011-12 school year.

The meetings, to which all are invited, are set for 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 24 in the Thurman Town Hall in Athol and 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 28 in Warrensburg's Emerson Town Hall.

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