The Fredonia Central School District Board of Education has signed off on a second year of a merged football program.
Board members approved a shared services agreement for the 2017-18 school year during a recent meeting, with Board President Michael Bobseine casting the sole "nay" vote. The agreement details a combined program with Fredonia, Brocton Central School and Westfield Academy and Central School.
Bobseine reiterated points he made last year when the board first considered the football merger. He noted he does not believe the district should be in the business of promoting football, which he called "a mistake."
Pictured with the ball is Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton’s Max Bates (5) during the 2016 football season. Bates, a student at Westfield Academy and Central School, is one of many players who possibly wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play high school football last season if not for the merger between the three schools.
"I think we're an educational institution primarily. I view football as a very dangerous activity; the research indicates that it's not so much the concussions, it's the constant subconcussive hits," he summed up before casting his vote. "Secondly, I just don't see the movement toward merger where it really needs to happen, and that's in academics. It's not happening, even though we're doing sports."
None of the other board members spoke before voting.
The combined program comprises both the varsity and junior varsity levels. Greg Sherlock, a retiree of Jamestown Public Schools, will serve as varsity head coach.
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