Dundee athletics look at partnership with Bradford
DUNDEE--The Dundee Central School District posted a message on the district's website Monday, Jan. 29 that includes the potential of a "full-scale partnership" for athletics with Bradford Central School District. The web posting states the following information:
"The Dundee and Bradford Central School Districts are actively collaborating and pursuing ways to not only sustain, but enhance, our athletic offerings by moving towards a full-scale partnership, potentially as soon as the 2018-2019 school year. A lot of thought and consideration has gone into this endeavor, with continual focus remaining on: creating more opportunities for students, building a program that does not focus on survival but success, allowing students to grow and develop appropriately/naturally by offering all three levels (modified, junior varsity, and varsity) of play, in each sport and utilizing our assets, building on our strengths.
"A full community presentation will be provided on the dates listed below. This will allow individuals the opportunity to learn and understand all aspects of this partnership and also ask questions. We look forward to discussing this further with you at one of the following presentations.
"Public Presentation: at DCS Thursday Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room
"Public Presentation: at BCS Thursday Feb. 15 at 5 p.m."
When contacted by The Observer, Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck added, "This is not a merger nor is it a pre-merger step. This is a collaborative effort to partner for athletic opportunities. We, like all school districts in New York, are experiencing a declining enrollment. This forces districts to make decisions when fielding athletic teams to combine grade levels and skill levels that we would not necessarily do if we had a larger student population. We believe that this collaboration will allow us to offer three levels of play in each sport affording our students the natural and developmentally appropriate ability to grow as an athlete by having a modified, junior varsity and varsity team within each sport. Alone we simply can't provide this opportunity to our students, however, together we can. This partnership is truly building on past success that both districts have experienced with the previous combining of soccer teams and basketball teams. We use the term full-scale because we are open to the idea of creating, enhancing and moving from survival to success in all our athletic offerings, we do not want to limit any potential opportunities for our students.
"As far as football, regardless of this partnership we will have a football team in Dundee. As stated above we might and most likely will not offer all three levels, however we will have a team."