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The Blue Ridge School Board had a full agenda on April 14. Members met in an executive session before the beginning of the business meeting to discuss a gas leasing contract. They tacked another executive session onto the end, saying it was a "personnel issue," and when they returned the agenda had acquired another item: High School Principal John Manchester offered his intention to retire.
Montrose is looking to add another winter sport to its repertoire next year. Whereas, currently, high school athletes are limited to wrestling and basketball in the winter months, it is hoped that they will soon also be able to competitively swim. The idea began when a parent approached Mr. Ognosky in February. Her daughter had been participating in the swimming program at Elk Lake of her own accord, in an attempt to achieve a qualifying time for districts. The parent reported, however, that the girl really wanted to be a part of the Elk Lake team, and to be able to score at meets. Mr. Ognosky then e-mailed Elk Lake superintendent Dr. Bush about the possibility. This isn't the first time a cooperative spots agreement between the two schools has been proposed. Students at Elk Lake might like to play football at Montrose, or students at Montrose to play volleyball at Elk Lake. Neither superintendent, however, wants to combine numbers in a sport where doing so might jump the school to a different division. By PIAA regulations, for example, two Elk Lake students coming to play football would cause the entire male student population to be factored into Montrose's division status, even though the combined team would not be much larger. Swimming, however, is one of only two sports in the state with only two divisions. Thus combining the schools' student populations will not affect the division Elk Lake swimming is in. While no board member was opposed to the idea, Mr. Ognosky did not want to approve the agreement until Elk Lake had a chance to at its meeting on the 15th, thus the agreement may be voted upon in May.
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