A full sports co-op between Pender and Emerson-Hubbard is off the table, but Pender is still open to possibly coming together in some sports they don’t already combine in such as Girls Basketball and Volleyball. Pender Superintendent Jason Dolliver. “Yeah that potential does still exist. Those are clearly two of the bigger ticket items so to speak. Anytime you talk about a cooperation between two schools in those sports it’s little bit bigger conversation.”
Dolliver says other sports the two could potentially combine in include wrestling and cross country.
He adds it’s important to look at the sport itself when considering whether or not to come together. “Probably the biggest component is is now that we’re talking about a specific program…we really want to know okay so here’s the situation… parents and players of this whatever specific activity it is…let’s assume it’s Volleyball. Let’s look at this without thinking about all of the other components that would go along with it. Let’s zero in on Volleyball and determine what makes sense for our school district.”
Dolliver says football and boys basketball are off the table as sports to co-op in.
A special board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Heese Event Center.
Dolliver says the meeting will be different than the Town Hall held last month. “We typically have a public comment agenda item on all of our agendas. And I assume we’ll do the same. Our board feels and I feel also as if we’ve done a lot to seek feedback, and it’s now time for the board to consider the feedback that they’ve received and discuss what may or may not be best. So if people have things to say we’re not going to stop them from saying that in the public comment agenda item, but it’s more of a board/administrative team discussion than it is hearing feedback from the public.”
The decision not to further pursue a full sports co-op was made at Monday’s Pender School Board Meeting.