Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2011

BHS girls soccer program officially added for spring 2012

June 2, 2011

Baldwin High School girls’ soccer program has been officially added to the list of sports for the 2011-2012 school year.

The new program was added at the May 23 USD 348 Board of Education meeting. The decision to add or deny the program was delayed at the regular April and May meetings, but was added at the special meeting last week.

“It is nice to give our girls the opportunity to play soccer in a setting against other girls, instead of mainly against boys,” BHS Activities Director Gary Stevanus said. “We’re technically a co-ed team, but not many other schools are anymore, so it will be nice to give them the opportunity to compete against other girls.”

The BHS girls and parents were happy that the program was finally added, too.

“The female soccer players are very excited,” said Mary Lisa Joslyn, supporter of the girls program. “We are happy it’s official.”

Joslyn was right about the BHS players.

“We are really excited,” sophomore Abby Clem said. “I can’t wait to see how it goes next spring.”

In April, the school board approved Stevanus to begin scheduling for a season next year. However, the program wasn’t added, because board members wanted to fix its policy for adding new activities and sports.

At the May 9 meeting, the board reviewed an adjusted policy, but didn’t approve it. Last week, the policy and program were added.

“It is nice to get that behind us and know that we officially have a team,” Stevanus said. “We have a pretty good schedule already made and I’m working on adding another one or two games.”

The program is being fully funded by parents for the first three years. Then it will be reviewed by the school board and considered being funded by the school district.

A coach hasn’t been hired for next year’s team. However, the girls’ team will be using the field and uniforms that are being used during the co-ed fall season.

Comments

LAGNAFinaCJ 2 years, 10 months ago

Thats good......... I'm all for sports, but just curious how much of the "School closing savings" are we spending on this?????

Dan Wilcox.

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jgillispie 2 years, 10 months ago

Dan, this program will cost the district nothing for its first 3 years. After those 3 years are done, the program will be re-evaluated and possibly paid for by the school district. That's what happened with the co-ed soccer team, which will be boys soccer in the fall.

Jimmy Gillispie

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LAGNAFinaCJ 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the answer, but does that include the payroll of the coach once he/she is hired? Just curious..

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jgillispie 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes that includes the cost of the coach. The cost of the coach and transportation are the 2 main costs to the program, I believe. The equipment - including uniforms, soccer balls and the field - are already in place.

Jimmy Gillispie

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