Sheffield unable to host girls basketball; agreements before school board tonight

An item on the agenda for the Warren County School District Monday night board meeting could spell the end of the girls basketball program at Sheffield Area High School.

There are two items on the agenda related to the school’s girls basketball team. The one that, if approved, would create a cooperative agreement between Sheffield and Warren high schools for girls basketball, says, “the enrollment of Sheffield Area Middle High School is insufficient to sponsor and compete in the sport of girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball.”

According to that document, the cooperative agreement, if approved by the board, would be in place for the 2021-2022 school year “once permission has been granted by the PIAA, District 9, and the District 10 committee.”

Transportation for students from Sheffield to Warren Area High School and back would be the responsibility of the participant’s parent, according to the document.

The second agenda item involves the termination of a cooperative agreement between Sheffield and Taylor Diversion Lighthouse Island Academy for girls basketball.

“The basis for the termination is that, due to low varsity/junior varsity girls basketball participation numbers, the Sheffield Area Middle/High School will be unable to field either a junior varsity or varsity girls’ basketball team,” according to that document.

Director of Administrative Support Services Gary Weber said only five girls signed up for basketball and two of them are already signed up to participate through the cooperative agreement, if approved.

Weber said there will be no Title IX implications to boys programs at Sheffield if the agreement is approved and the permissions granted.

The proposed agreement would last at least three years, he said.


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