The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Education

April 16, 2014

Schools will continue sports-sharing agreements

CLINTON — Students attending Camanche, Central DeWitt, Northeast and Prince of Peace schools still will be able to participate in the athletic programs offered in the Clinton School District.

At a meeting Monday, Clinton School Board members approved the cooperative athletic sharing agreements for both boys and girls sports, despite reservations from board member Jack Wenzel, who was absent from the meeting.

“I do not agree with sharing with anyone other than Prince of Peace, because of the open-enroll laws to the other districts,” Wenzel said through a statement Monday.

His concerns didn’t hold up to the six votes in favor of the athletic sharing agreements. For at least one more year, Clinton will allow non-resident students to participate in sports that their respective schools do not offer.

For Central DeWitt School District, the agreement called for a renewal of boys and girls swimming and girls diving; Camanche Community School District renewed its agreement for boys and girls swimming and soccer, and girls diving; Northeast Community School District requested a renewal for boys and girls tennis and swimming, and girls diving; and Prince of Peace renewed a contract for boys football, wrestling, tennis and swimming, girls swimming and diving, softball, soccer and tennis.

Questions about whether the Clinton School Board would accept the athletic sharing began surfacing in January, when administrative staff at Prince of Peace Prep School sent a letter asking the Clinton district to reconsider how they charge for student-athlete sharing.

After meeting with Clinton High School activity director Gary Lueders during a March Committee of the Whole meeting, board members felt confident in retaining their current sharing contracts with each of the schools.

“If you remember correctly last board meeting we had the activities director, Gary Lueders, who came to talk a little bit about the purpose of these sharing agreements and also what it details as far as for responsibilities of our district and responsibilities for the district that we are sharing with,” Clinton Superintendent Deb Olson said. “So, I would ask that you approve these two recommendations tonight.”

The Clinton School District will maintain an agreement that requires the sharing schools to pay a fee for each student-athlete who participates in any Clinton sport to cover equipment costs, supplies and coaches’ salaries.

Amy Kent can be contacted at amykent@clintonherald.com.

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