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Our opinion: No reason not to move

September 18, 2013

The sports program at Eisenhower Middle/High School has been talking about switching from District 10, which stretches as far west as the Ohio state line and as far south as Mercer, to District 9,......

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Sep-18-13 6:30 AM

If you are using the number of males in a school as a reason for switching it is a foolish and short sighted reason. In 5-8 years these numbers could reverse themselves. Would this then be a reason for them to switch back to District 10? Also, what about the percentage of females? Does this same factoring give Eisenhower an advantage in the girls sports, or do the girls sports not matter in Eisenhower?

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Sep-18-13 8:50 AM

The answer would be yes. Maybe they would change back in 5-8 years. Schools changing conferences etc. is not uncommon. Think about or go look up how many iterations of conferences etc. that local schools have belonged to over the years.

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Sep-18-13 9:05 AM

Also though there might not be school consolidation there will probably be team consolidation with many sports. Look around New York, PA, Ohio at you see it happening all around. Johnsonburg/Ridgway is one example for football. Area schools will probably be okay for basketball, volleyball, etc but I would think within 5-10 years you may see Youngsville and Ike combine for football, Warren staying on their own and you already have the Sheffield-Abraxas grouping.

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Sep-18-13 3:49 PM

So instead of concentrating their efforts on EDUCATION, the board now has to deal with switching conferences for sports so they MIGHT have a better chance of winning?

Now we see where the north groups priorities really are... Save my SPORTS I mean Schools!

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Sep-18-13 10:19 PM

lifelong - Maybe you should review the responsibilities of the School District and School Board. Sports, Band, School plays and other extra curricular activities are part of the educational experience. Are you saying our Board and District are incapable of handling what every other district handles? Now saying that I know we have a former superintendent on the school board who had no idea that there was a middle school sports program so maybe you have a point that our Board isn't qualified to handle multiple issues.

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Sep-18-13 11:53 PM

The writer of this editorial is apparently one of those who does not follow scholastic sports closely.

If he/she did, the writer would know each sport (both male and female) has its own enrollment dividing lines between classes. Some sports are divided into four classes. Other have just three, some have just two.

Let's take boys basketball as an example. Four classes. The line between Class A and Class AA is 130 males students. There will be 175 schools playing Class A boys basketball in the state this year. Eisenhower will be the largest school in Class A (tied with 3 others) in the entire state.

Most folks who follow high school athletics will admit that D-10 is more competitive than D-9 in most sports and in most classes. Ike's proposed move is designed to lower the level of its competition. If you can't beat 'em, leave 'em.

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Sep-19-13 12:09 AM

I would be curious to know if anyone at Ike or from the WCSD has contacted either D-10 or D-9. I could be wrong, but I believe both districts would have to approve the move.

Is D-10 willing to let a school leave? State playoff berths are assigned to districts based on the number of schools they have competing. There were D-10 officials who expressed after-the-fact regret the last time schools were allowed to leave.

Does D-9 want Ike? Transportation costs keep climbing. Budgets are very tight. Do schools in D-9 want to add the expense of several long bus trips to Ike each school year? What does Ike have to offer in return for that expense?

I would be very surprised if either district approved the move.

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Sep-19-13 8:00 AM


They have sports. This is all about the ability to win. It just appears to me that winning at sports is more of a concern than quality of education.

Consolidation would've created a much better educational experience by having more course offerings to choose from.

Instead we have to keep all these schools open so little Johnny or Mary can be a star on a team that they may not even start on if consolidation happened.

I truly think many were motivated to save their school for this very reason. I hope/wish I was wrong.

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Sep-19-13 11:44 AM

Pedro - the operative question would be are there more Class A schools in District 9. The classifications are what they are. Sure Eisenhower can remain in District 10 but if they are playing a majority of Class AA schools does that make sense? Didn't they make the playoffs in basketball recently with like a 5-17 record because of the dearth of Class A schools? Not sure what purpose that served.Maybe being in District 9 would result in them being better placed competitively for the regular season but being in a situation where they had to really earn a playoff spot. I believe Class A includes Johnsonburg a basketball state finalist last year and Ridgway which I believe was a quarter or semifinalist the year before. In that light, at least for basketball it appears that Eisenhower wasn't going there for a cakewalk, wouldn't you concur?

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Sep-25-13 1:47 PM

Brazil, read the previous article about ike asking to make this change. It is about winning with less effort. They admitted that they don't like competing with schools that train outside of season and they want to compete with other schools who have similar constraints of a farming schedule.

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