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  1. I was teaching at Michigan City the year before and the first year they merged. Coaching was first based on years coaching in MC (union rules). Coaches were from both programs. The best thing they did was get rid of former school colors and nicknames. During the first football game, they had the red devil and raider leave Ames Field then the Wolf made his appearance. It was a great start. When Central and LaSalle were axed, the students had their choice where to go. It took a while for them to assimilate to the other schools. I wish Elkhart the best with their transition.
  2. Don't be shocks if he stays or finds another place on his own. He won't be fired
  3. According to an article in the South Bend Tribune, there is talk about reducing the amount of buildings used in the coroporation. SB schools have lost about 1200 in the last two year. There will be about a 17 million dollar cut in the budget. Most of the talk is contacting primary and intermediate centers. There is talk of eliminating one high school as well. I know many aren't familiar with the South Bend Schools, but it never hurts to have opinions from other people. Since I know the high schools best I will give my opinion on them The current student population at the high school this year (numbers are approximate) Clay . 925 Washington 925 Riley . 1025 Adams . 1825 My proposal is: Combine Clay and Washington at Lasalle. That building was a former high school build to hold 2000 students. Move the LaSalle intermediate center to Washington.
  4. Chicago teachers are required to live within the city limits. They need a housing stipened or change the residency requirement
  5. The South Bend Schools will act as a unit. I don't see any of them leaving each other. This was just a good topic for discussion, I don't see them leaving, but I do see the other schools leaving at some point.
  6. I'm hijacking this thread for a way out in left field question Would be NIC be a better conference without the South Bend public school? Must think of them as a unit, no individual schools
  7. Here Here!! I hope the refs let the season die and make demands for future seasons. Make serious demands on all involved and be given total control over the game. Nothing less should be acceptable
  8. Glad they moved the Riley-Clay game to Jackson.
  9. I think Penn would be best served by playing a Notre Dame like conference schedule in football and keep their full affiliation in the other sports with the NIC. Or they need to go independent where they would play a similar schedule in all the other sports but football anyway. The Duneland is just too far for weekday games.
  10. Poor Schools Can't Compete With Richer Suburban Rivals. Should They? Timothy Williams,The New York Times 11 hours ago Reactions Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email DES MOINES, Iowa — An hour before kickoff at a game this month at Hoover High School, the opposing football team, Indianola High, pulled up and unloaded the large video monitor that would let its coaching staff analyze plays, moment by moment, throughout the game. The coaches at Hoover High, where most students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, would have to make do with watching the old-fashioned way. Another loss, a Hoover student told the principal, seemed imminent. Indianola ran 84 yards for a touchdown on its first play, the running back shedding Hoover’s smaller players like a video game villain. The game ended in a 35-7 loss for Hoover, to no one’s surprise. During the past decade, Hoover High and Des Moines’ four other large public high schools have a cumulative record of 0-104 against rivals with more affluent student bodies from the Polk County suburbs, according to figures compiled by The Des Moines Register. They rarely do any better against similar opponents from beyond the county, like Indianola. The disparity has been the topic of news articles and impassioned conversations across the state, from Sioux City to Davenport. With all that losing, leaders in places like Des Moines are contemplating a change in how high school athletic teams are matched up against one another: What if the poverty level of a school’s student body was used to decide which teams it played? The concept, now in use or under consideration in numerous American states and cities, turns on its head old notions of athletics as an equalizer. The thought of intentionally lumping poor schools into lesser divisions, separate from richer schools that have fancy equipment and larger and more specialized coaching staffs, rankles some educators, who say it sends a terrible message. “Our kids don’t want to be classified as poor kids who have to play lower-level competition,” said Mitchell Moore, a coach at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. “I’m a big believer that socioeconomics has nothing to do with catching a football.” But at Hoover, where losing has gotten exhausting for players and fans alike, moving down to a lower division would be a welcome relief, many parents and students say. The idea of judging teams based on wealth may sound distasteful in concept, but the reality of losing night after night, year after year, feels far worse. And schools with extra resources for special training and technology, they say, simply do better on the field — so why not acknowledge that in the matchups? “On just about every Friday night, they outsize us, they outman us, and they outnumber us,” Sherry Poole, Hoover’s principal, said about the suburban powerhouses on the school’s schedule that routinely win state championships. “Your heart just kind of stops whenever someone gets crunched.” Dustin Hagler, a 17-year-old senior who plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for Hoover High, and is also the senior class president, said that he saw students in the hallways who would make good football players, but that they consistently resisted his recruiting efforts. “It’s hard when you lose,” he said. “But it’s not just losing. It’s almost like you feel beat down. Like the odds are stacked against you.” Over the past few years, officials overseeing high school sports in states including Minnesota, Oregon and Colorado have added provisions allowing schools with high poverty levels to drop down to lower athletic divisions. Washington state will introduce the idea next year, and Iowa is considering it. Schools are commonly assigned to athletic divisions based on their enrollment, and Hoover, with more than 1,000 students, has long been placed in the state’s top athletic division, competing with the largest of Iowa’s public and private high schools. Its traditional rivals include city schools with relatively high poverty rates, but also suburban schools that have won the past nine state championships. Ways of gauging poverty levels vary, but state athletic officials typically rely on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. At Hoover, about 75% qualify, compared with about 10%, on average, in neighboring suburban schools. At Indianola High, Hoover’s opponent on that recent game night, about 21% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. The debate over whether economic status should have a place in deciding a sports team’s competition has been fierce. The issue has led to awkward conversations among school administrators, parents and teammates, raising questions about fairness and the meaning of high school sports. Supporters say the approach, intended to give poorer schools a better chance of winning games, will help students gain confidence. They also say it could reduce the risk of concussions and other injuries against teams with more expensive and elaborate training resources and access to better nutrition. “We don’t feel like we are coddling these students; we feel like we are trying to put them on an even playing field,” said Peter Weber, executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association, which oversees high school athletics. “We need to match kids up with competition that is safe for them so they can walk out on a field and be competitive.” But others, including many coaches, say the change adds new barriers for impoverished students, and suggests they are too weak or too poor to compete against richer rivals. Why, they ask, should students’ athletic potential be limited by their parents’ bank accounts? And some opponents say tinkering with long-standing athletic matchups in an attempt to even the odds is a way of babying young people — a “medals for everyone” mentality that undermines lessons in resilience and grit. “They’re out there making do with what they have, and that’s the right thing to do,” said Gabe Murray, 19, a former Hoover football player. Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, said the sports achievement disparity between wealthy suburban public schools and their urban counterparts has degenerated into “a competitive gap that is similar to the income gap” in the nation. “The divide has always been there,” he said, “but it has widened.” The disparity, experts say, is meaningful beyond the world of athletics because sports participation has been found to aid in academic success and college admissions, and is a predictor for professional success. The discussion comes at a critical juncture for youth sports, where participation rates for many activities — particularly football — are in decline because of fears about brain injury and because children’s interests more than ever fall outside engagement in traditional sports, according to studies. For the moment, switching leagues is not yet an option in Iowa, where the Iowa High School Athletic Association is scheduled to discuss the issue later this year. If a request by the Des Moines Public Schools and other districts is approved, Hoover and other schools could apply to drop down a division. Historically, the imbalance in high school sports has been between public schools and private schools, which are often able to recruit students and offer scholarships. In Iowa, which has comparatively few large private schools that excel in sports, tension has centered around disparities between public high schools that have similar enrollment sizes but very different student demographics. Thomas Ahart, superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools, said students in the district must often work after-school jobs to support their families, which prevents many from participating in sports. Ahart and others have pointed to the correlation between schools that win championships and how few students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Across all Iowa schools, the percentage of students who qualify for such meals is about 43%, while Ahart said Des Moines’ dominant suburban sports schools have rates around 7%. In Des Moines public schools, about three-quarters of students qualify for free meals. “There’s a real issue of equity of opportunity, and the foundation of the problem is tied most directly to poverty,” he said. “Even if we do everything right, the chances of us getting a victory is slim to none.” Farrey, from the Sports & Society Program, said he believed more effort should be made by schools to encourage students — whatever their skill level — to play sports, instead of focusing primarily on winning and competitiveness. “Kids do sports because they are looking to do something larger than themselves,” he said. “It’s not about whether you win. Sports are fun.” But in Des Moines, high school football has not been much fun in recent years, some players said. Kyle Fischer, whose son, Jerad Fischer, is Hoover’s quarterback, said wealthier schools have an undeniable advantage, so moving Hoover to a lower league would simply be recognizing that truth. He said that neither parents nor schools should be ashamed of trying to give their children the opportunity to compete equitably, including wanting kids to avoid sustaining injuries while playing against bigger, stronger players. “They need to look at fairness across the board,” Fischer said. “I don’t believe in coddling kids, but the kids are just not getting the same opportunities.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2019 The New York Times Company
  11. Right now there are 5 teams and one is a Christian based program out of Elkhart for a total of 6 teams There are problems getting enough players to field teams.
  12. Any discussion of contraction should be based on the Kernan-Shepherd report. That would be a contraction
  13. I know that Riley students can only be admitted with their IDs. Don't know about Adams
  14. I believe that changes will be coming to the NIC, but just not sure what changes those will be. I am suprised that Penn doesn't have a Notre Dame like agreement with the conference in football. That would give them more flexibility with their schedule. New Prairie could be a good fit for the Dunland, but don't know if there is mutual interest. The South Bend schools are traditionally more basketball oriented than the other sports. Football, they usually have one good team that rotates between schools seasons. The school times also pose a problem for South Bend. For many weekday events, students must leave school early to participate, losing on instructional time. At some point, I could see the South Bend school becoming their own conference. Not the best of sollutions, but one that may happen out of necessity
  15. I do work in education and coached football for a couple of years. I agree all players play to win, but they also play to get away from situations, have some structure in their lives, and to be part of something. Most of the kids that I coached needed a family more than a win. I guess that is something you can't relate to. Sorry about that.
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