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River Valley Board mulls football options

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Board to vote Monday on possible switch to 8-man

CORRECTIONVILLE - The on-going discussions regarding the future of the River Valley football program may be nearing a conclusion after Monday's River Valley Board of Education meeting here.

The Board will meet again on the matter on Monday at 7 p.m. in the River Valley Jr./Sr. High School Commons here and a decision is expected.

It was decided at Monday's meeting that the District will communicate more with parents and community members this week, with notes sent home with students, and information added to the District's website to "get the word out" and to receive feedback on whether to keep 11-player football or switch to the 8-player game due to delining enrollments and dwindling number of football athletes at River Valley.

At one time, River Valley also explored possibly sharing an 11-man football program with a neighboring district, but nothing came of that effort.

At next Monday's meeting, Athletic Dirctor Bill Mathers will give a presentation of the 8-man and 11-man football options, there will be an Open Forum for public input, and the Board will discuss and ultimately decide on whether to stay with an 11-man program, or switch to 8-man and an entire new State district with new opponents.

The Open Forum part of Monday's meeting was devoted to public comment from parents and students regarding the football program.

In other action Monday, the Board heard an update on the District's building project nearing completion in December.

That project has been ongoing for several months and includes converting the band and choir room here into an athletic weight room, ICN, and Alternative High School facility.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Trent Jensen as assistant football coach.

Open enrollment bussing also was discussed, with no action taken on that matter, concerning students open enrolling in and out of River Valley.

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