Adirondack CSD expecting delay in fall sports as school board vote looms

The Adirondack Central School District Board of Education is set to vote on whether or not to participate in interscholastic athletics in the fall, while school administrators anticipating postponement.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 12:11 AM

BOONVILLE, N.Y. - The Wildcats may have to stay in hibernation a bit longer.

As school districts continue to consider whether or not to participate in interscholastic sports this fall, Adirondack is set to hold a school board vote to decide, with little optimism regarding the result.

Superintendent Edward Niznik sent a letter to families, Tuesday, outlining the plan for the vote and outlining concerns the district has regarding participation.

"At this time, as a District, it will be difficult to participate in sports without compromising the safey and welfare of our students, staff and school community," said Niznik in the letter. "Therefore, I anticipate that the Board is likely to adopt a resolution formally stating that the District will not participate in fall interscholastic athletics."

According to Niznik, school administrators believe that more time is needed in order to formulate a plan that allows for the safe return of Wildcats sports.

Not only are administrators concerned with safety issues, but also the safe implementation of logistics surrounding athletic participation such as transportation, staffing needs, and arrangements for locker rooms and other facilities.

As of now, no extracurricular activities are being held through the district, and Adirondack has cancelled its Community Education programs as the administrators attempt to assess the situation and plan for the safe reopening of its doors.

"We all know the importance of athletics within our school community, but also need to continue to follow the guidelines set forth in our reopening plan to keep everyone safe," said Niznik. "We understand that this will be a disappointment for our student-athletes, but given all the safety protocols and procedures that have been implemented for the reopening of school, we believe additional time is needed before interscholastic sports and extracurricular activities can begin."

Indications are that a vote will take place on Wednesday.

At the moment, Cooperstown, Remsen, Waterville, and Oneonta within the NEWSChannel 2 viewing area have decided to postpone or cancel fall sports.

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