Newman Grove Board split on wrestling co-op change

A 3-3 split vote by the Newman Grove School Board last week means there is no mutual agreement on removing boys wrestling from the 2021-22 sports cooperative arrangement between Boone Central and Newman Grove.
At a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 25, the Newman Grove board voted 3-3 on a motion to amend the agreement to remove wrestling from the 2021-22 co-op. Because of the split vote, the motion failed.
Newman Grove board members who voted against the motion noted it is still very early in the school year for students to decide the winter sports they will participate in, and they wanted to preserve the opportunity for them to participate in wrestling.
On Aug. 9, Boone Central’s School Board had voted unanimously in favor of a motion to not include boys wrestling in the 2021-22 co-op agreement between the two schools.
The reason was that no Newman Grove students were expecting to participate in wrestling this year, and the combined enrollment would put the program into Class B, while Boone Central’s enrollment alone would allow the program to continue in Class C as it was last year.
The status of the co-op wrestling program was still in doubt as of Monday afternoon, Aug. 30, but the Nebraska School Activities Association requires program enrollment numbers by Sept. 1.
Complete story in the Sept. 1 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.