Members of the Southern Huntingdon County College Board narrowly rejected eliminating the sphere hockey program for the 2023-24 college 12 months with a vote of 5-3 on the common month-to-month assembly Tuesday night.
Causes for consideration of eliminating this system included not having sufficient gamers as a consequence of accidents and different causes all through the season, inflicting the cancellation or suspending a couple of video games.
Three video games have been canceled in the course of the season as a consequence of lack of gamers, together with one recreation canceled by Southern and two canceled by an opposing workforce, which wasn’t all in favour of rescheduling.
Present gamers spoke in protection of the sphere hockey workforce, together with Kaylee Cromwell and Haylee Watkins.
“I used to be a sophomore once I began to play,” stated Cromwell. “I wasn’t certain at first about it, however I fell in love with it. My coaches at all times pushed me to do higher, and each woman on the workforce is wonderful from starting to finish. This sport is my happiness, and I do not know why you are making an attempt to take it away from me.
“I do know there are individuals who needed to maintain this sport alive,” Cromwell added. “Not each workforce right here will win a District 6 championship. In order for you one other sport, that is nice, however do not take this one away. I work all 12 months lengthy for this sport.”
Area hockey coach Brittney Emery learn a letter on behalf of Watkins, as she acknowledged a number of the the explanation why she needed this system to remain.
“I’ve performed since I used to be a freshman, and after my first apply, I by no means regarded again,” she stated. “Now, I am a junior, and I am a captain. I’ve performed the final three years and have beloved each single second.”
Watkins additionally acknowledged in her letter the workforce has made enhancements and credited the coaches for his or her work and dedication to the workforce.
“The coaches devoted themselves to the game,” stated Watkins. “They’ve us performing abilities that you simply see at a school degree. Seeing this sport depart the college can be heartbreaking, and the considered not enjoying my senior season breaks my coronary heart.”
Emery stated there have been no dedication points, and at many locations the place they traveled for video games, a number of coaches commented on their wonderful sportsmanship and inspired her to battle for the workforce.
“I am advocating for this as a result of they’re enthusiastic about this, and I am enthusiastic about it,” she stated. “I do not need it to go away. A few of these women have the potential to get scholarships to play area hockey, and should you take this away, you are taking away that chance.”
She additionally famous they’re solely dropping two seniors this 12 months and could have 11 gamers returning subsequent 12 months and will have extra ninth graders prepared to play subsequent 12 months.
Those that voted in opposition to eliminating this system included Jerry Hammons, Heather McClure, Tammy Park, Nicole Reasner and Angela Watkins; Those that voted for eliminating this system included Frank Hooper, Dennis Scott and Sweet Sonnenberg.
Board member Todd Griest was absent from Tuesday’s assembly.
Sonnenberg inspired those that spoke that if they’ll maintain numbers and encourage extra to play, the potential of eliminating this system will not be a problem subsequent 12 months or within the coming 12 months.
Allison Fickes, cheerleading coach, additionally spoke on behalf of her workforce, which is eligible to attend a nationwide competitors at Disney World in Florida Feb. 9-12.
“We’ll elevate a lot of the cash, however we’re simply asking the district if they’ll pay the price of the entry price and transportation prices,” she stated. “All the pieces else shall be funded by the booster membership.
The board unanimously agreed to approve the workforce to journey to Florida for the nationwide competitors for the price of roughly $860 for entry charges and the value of a faculty bus to and from the airport.
Hammons was additionally acknowledged by the Pennsylvania College Board Affiliation for eight years of service.
In different enterprise, board members authorised.
— a district membership to the Pennsylvania Affiliation of Rural and Small Colleges for the 2022-23 college 12 months for a value of $500.
— a junior excessive monitor program for the 2022-2023 college 12 months. Begin-up prices can be roughly $2,650.
— a junior excessive cross nation program for the 2023-2024 college 12 months. Begin-up prices can be roughly $2,500.
— the US Worker Advantages Providers Group proposal to help the district with finishing the 2022 1095 insurance coverage kinds at the price of $2,000. The district accomplished this utilizing CSIU software program prior to now, however they’re not offering this service to their purchasers.
— the impartial contractor settlement with Gordon Corridor for an impartial instructional analysis for $3,500 for one pupil. The speed shall be $160 per hour if different companies are requested. This settlement will terminate after the ultimate report is obtained.
— the particular training companies settlement with Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU) 11 for $54,185 for the 2022-2023 college 12 months, efficient as of July 1.
— PAES lab proposal with TIU 11 for $1,578.75 for one slot, prorated, November 2022 to June 2023.
— junior excessive baseball co-op settlement with Forbes Highway College District, efficient instantly.
— the settlement and launch settlement with dad and mom of a pupil and authorize the board president and secretary to execute the settlement and launch settlement on behalf of the district.
— Ag occupational and native advisory committees for the 2022-2023 12 months.
— Brock Huntsman as a varsity baseball coach for $1,700 and Joshua Berrier Jr. as a junior excessive baseball coach for $1,700.
— Patrick Horne as a 4th grade volunteer women’ elementary basketball coach for the 2022-23 college 12 months.
— Deanna Shaffer as a women’ volunteer assistant basketball coach for the 2022-2023 college 12 months.
—Shyanne Wible as a van driver for Denee Piper.
— Robert Revercomb because the Varsity Membership adviser for the 2022-2023 college 12 months, paid as per contract.
— Pamela Carbaugh, Sarah Enyeart and Sarah Griest as after-school tutors for the 2022-2023 college 12 months, paid retroactively as per contract.
— Abigayle Zimmerman as a floating substitute for the 2022-2023 college 12 months solely, efficient Jan. 3, 2023, paid on a per-diem foundation.
— Jamie Nagel as a volunteer for wrestling for the 2022-2023 college 12 months.
— resignation of Julianna Wert because the speech teacher efficient Nov. 21.
— Orbisonia-Rockhill Ambulance and Three Springs Ambulance for on-site presence at athletic practices to offer emergency medical companies at $100 per day beginning Nov. 16.