Emerson-Hubbard has opted to continue co-ops in High School Track, Baseball, and Junior High Football with Pender, but the two will not be combining in Cross Country, High School and Junior High Wrestling, and Girls and Boys Golf next year as proposed by Pender. Emerson-Hubbard Superintendent Lindsey Burback says the school can’t afford to co-op in Cross Country right now. “When we were making our decisions one of the factors for not doing Cross Country in the fall is that we’re only looking at having about 8 or 9 girls out for Volleyball. And we cannot support two different sports in the fall, and still have our Volleyball Team, so that’s why we did not do Cross Country. We did discuss Wrestling, and at this time we are not going to add Wrestling, but it is definitely something that we’re going to continue to talk about and look at for the future.”
Burback hopes and feels the Pirates will be okay on their own in Volleyball and Girls Basketball as they have 9 projected players for Volleyball and 7 for Girls Basketball.
She expects there to be future co-op talks between Emerson-Hubbard and Pender, and between Emerson-Hubbard and other school districts they previously contacted. “I do. I think that’s one thing we’ve learned from this whole process is that we need to continue to keep that door open. We need to continue to have those conversations. And have them more frequently, and include our entire Boards of Education so that we can make sure that everybody’s on the same page, and we keep those opportunities and options available.”
Emerson-Hubbard contacted Pender about a full sports co-op after Allen turned them down. Emerson-Hubbard also looked into co-ops with Wakefield and Homer.