Several School Districts Consider Another Sport

Adding boys baseball is still under consideration at Louisville High School. More information has been received over the last 60 days and boys baseball will be an agenda item at the January 14th Louisville Board of Education meeting.

The information-gathering started over 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.

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

According to board meeting minutes, the Elmwood-Murdock board discussed the subject but there was no action. Conestoga minutes indicated that it is difficult to coop due to the four day school week and Conestoga’s daily school hours so there was no interest in cooping a sport. Platteview is still investigating but had no interest in cooping baseball in the near future, said Louisville Superintendent Greg Shepard.

It appears the only school district with immediate interest was Weeping Water. But that interest came with an interest in exploring a coop for another sport.

According to the Weeping Water board of education minutes, first a motion was made to deny a baseball coop agreement with Louisville. But that motion died due to lack of second.

The motion that passed was for Superintendent Dr. Ken Heinz to gather more information from Louisville on a coop for both baseball and track. That motion passed 4 to 2.

Shepard said he anticipates Louisville board members will discuss that more on Monday.

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

---The district has heard back from its attorney on the Title IX requirements if boys baseball were added. Shepard said the attorney conveyed the message that a sport such as girls soccer would need to be in a five-to-ten year plan to comply with Title IX. He explained that a sport such as girls golf would not suffice because a sport with a larger number of participants would be needed to meet the requirements.

---According to the Louisville City Council minutes, a representative of the Louisville Ball Parents Association told the mayor and council that as the school district explores the possibility of boys baseball, the ball parents are moving forward with adding a second field at the Ash Grove field site.

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