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Waynesboro Area School Board OKs changes to football program

February 15, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Families can learn more about changes to Waynesboro Area School District’s football program at a meeting next week.

The Waynesboro Area School Board this week approved adjustments to the teams’ composition.

Ninth-graders will now play with seventh- and eighth-graders under an unanimous board vote taken Tuesday.

Waynesboro Indians head football coach Scott Shacreaw asked the school board to consider setting up a junior high team, and high school junior varsity and varsity teams for 10th- through 12th-grades.

“That is what Mid-Penn is going to,” Evan Williams, assistant superintendent for the Waynesboro Area School District, said of the conference in which Waynesboro and other public schools in Franklin County participate.

Shacreaw said in a telephone interview Wednesday that the conference announced it will no longer schedule ninth-grade games.

“Basically, every school needs to make a decision,” he said.

Many other schools are now enrolling ninth-graders in the seventh- and eighth-grade teams, Williams said.

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“Kids coming out of eighth-grade are not ready to play at a high school level,” Shacreaw said.

Ninth-grade football was eliminated in budget negotiations prior to the 2010 season, Shacreaw said.

Waynesboro employs 11 football coaches. Williams said the change to a junior high team should not necessitate any additional hires or upfront costs.

“There are not going to be any changes in resources for this,” Shacreaw said.

The changes go into effect for the fall season.

The parents’ meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school cafeteria. Shacreaw said it will mostly affect parents of current eighth- to 11th-grade students.

If you go
What: Parents’ meeting about Waynesboro Area School District football
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
Where: Waynesboro Area Senior High School cafeteria

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