The Jamestown Public Schools system won't offer a full boys' lacrosse team after this year, opting instead to move lacrosse to a club level and adding two girls sports.
The public seating section at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting was unusually full as more than 20 student representatives from the high school's lacrosse program were in attendance to ask that the board not cut the varsity team this year.
Student Jim Olson spoke on behalf of the team
A Jamestown High School lacrosse player is pictured in this 2010 contest. The program has been cut as a varsity sport.
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"In contrast to what was published about the lacrosse program after last month's board meeting, we have more than enough interest and participation to roster a full team,'' Olson said. ''And we're not asking for approval for a year, or for two years. We want to improve the program and make lacrosse a JHS tradition."
Olson said the team also found someone willing to take on the position of varsity head coach, which is something the team had been lacking.
The students' presentation to the board fell short of enough to keep the program instated, however, as Daniel Kathman, district superintendent, made the announcement that the program would be cut.
"This is something that a few of us board members had to think long and hard about," said Joseph Dimaio, board vice president. "It wasn't at all an easy decision."
Kathman followed the news of the cut by announcing the approval of varsity girls bowling and varsity girls golf. Both teams were given a trial run last year, and due to their successes and growing interest from the female student body at Jamestown High School, they were given the green light.
The effort to add these two sports for girls at JHS also brings the number of male and female sports offered to a more even keel, which is in accordance with the area's athletic regulations.
In closing the meeting, the board was also proud to announce a large number of JHS students that have been named AP Scholars by the College Board. The honor is bestowed upon students who scored well on advance placement exams each May. A total of 54 students made the cut this year, including Katelyn Kindberg and Taylor Ordines, who qualified as Scholars with Honors, and one, Joseph Campion, qualifying for the program's highest honor of a Scholar with Distinction.