School District May Add Another Sport

Baseball at Louisville High has been a topic for months and decision time is near.

The Cassgram reports formal letters are going out to Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Weeping Water and the Platteview school districts to gauge the interest of any of those districts in starting a baseball co-op program with Louisville.

The information-gathering started about a year ago after a group of parents of Louisville students approached the board of education. The parents and Louisville school officials have since been studying field options—Louisville does not have a regulation baseball field at this time—and all the other factors that go into starting a new athletic program.

Louisville School Superintendent Greg Shepard said the school board’s attorney is checking into Title IX implications and school board members are weighing the possible effects on the boys’ track and field program as well as the other spring activities.

“It’s important to make sure we’re considering the long haul, and that we plan appropriately,” said Shepard. He thinks there could be a good indication on the future of school baseball in Louisville as early as the next month’s school board meeting.

If Louisville and another district (or districts) were to field a team in 2014, the state activities association needs official notice by March of 2013.

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