At its regular board meeting on Monday evening, the Waynesfield-Goshen Local School Board rejected a proposal to make indoor track an official sport.
Although indoor track is recognized by the board, it is not officially recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
The original proposal was made at the December board meeting by Jim Epperly, head track coach at Waynesfield-Goshen. Epperly proposed making the sport recognized by the OHSAA through paying the coach and by funding other expenses such as travel.
At Monday’s meeting, Epperly offered a counter-proposal that did away with paying coaches and expenses. Instead, Epperly proposed charging student athletes a $40 sports fee to pay entry into four events. That way, students would receive a varsity letter as recognition for their participation in the sport.
Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools Superintendent J. Chris Pfister said that he stands by the board’s decision.
“The way we’ve done it in the past has worked very well every year,” Pfister said. “We’re happy to recognize it, but we’re fine with where it is.”
Pfister went on to say that there is no need to change how it is done because the only difference is that students will receive a varsity letter.
The proposal was rejected by a vote of 3-2, and the sport remains recognized but not official.
For the full story, see the Jan. 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.