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|ROWVA/Galva Sports Co-Op on Hold
|The ROWVA School District's efforts to find new schools to co-op sports with has apparently hit a snag.
The District 208 Board of Education met Thursday night and approved a request by superintendent Lloyd Little to continue talks with the Galva and Williamsfield School Districts for sports like football, cross country and golf. Little says AlWood told ROWVA that it was interested in an all-sports co-op with Cambridge beginning next year. ROWVA and Alwood are currently in the last year of a four year co-op. The ROWVA School Board last spring decided against taking a proposed consolidation with AlWood to the voters.
Little tells WGIL the school board tabled the issue of high school football and high school cheerleading with Galva because the West Prairie Trail Conference won't recognize the co-op. "Their next meeting's going to be on January 13th," Little said, "so our board didn't want to take any official action with a football co-op until that time. They also instructed me to find out the numbers in the high school that would be most likely participating in football."
Little says he received permission to continue discussions with Galva regarding cross country, golf and the possibility of volleyball and track. He says ROWVA also plans to talk with Williamsfield about sports they don't offer -- such as high school girls basketball.
Little says the problem with the proposed ROWVA-Galva football co-op is scheduling, and more specifically open dates. A typical regular season schedule is nine games, and taking one of those games away would make it harder for a team to win the minimum five games to qualify for the playoffs.
Little says if the conference doesn't allow the coop with Galva, the school might not have enough strong enough numbers to field a football team on its own.
|12 12 08 by Newsroom
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