BHS girls soccer program officially added for spring 2012
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.