For those of you unaware of what’s going on around the section, several schools in Dutchess have been considering a move to Section 9, a move all Rockland schools considered making in April.
Following Tuesday’s board meeting, it was ruled that Arlington will remain in Section 1 after one vote held off the move. Our colleague Sean McMann of The Poughkeepsie Journal wrote an extensive report on the move, which you can view in its entirety here. In his report, McMann also noted that Lourdes has applied for a move to Section 9, although no vote has been made to discuss the potential exodus.
IT’S OFFICIAL: The Arlington Central School District will NOT apply for application into Section 9. Story tomorrow at http://t.co/0yPGDYRPGm
— Sean T. McMann (@JournalSean) November 13, 2013
There was plenty of buzz on the Twittersphere last night following the official announcement, which occurred right around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. All in all, it looked as if many Admirals student-athletes oppose the move, citing Section 1’s that the stronger — and deeper — competition in sports.
If Arlington moves to section 9, it’ll be a shame that future athletes won’t get the same opportunities we had.
— Kayla (@kayyyyyyler) November 13, 2013
Of course the move is not completely sports-related; there are several other factors that go into a decision like this. So while it may seem like an outlandish, absurd or just down-right wrong move from a sports perspective, it’s important to remember that there are other, more important things that matter.
people and most kids don’t realize why Arlington is considering the move to section 9…all they say is “what about playing Jay and Ketcham”
— P.J. Zipser (@zip_zapdos17) November 13, 2013
Yes, even more important than sports. The “student” comes before “athlete” in “student-athlete,” and I think sometimes people lose sight of that. Here is a preview of Sean’s report:
LAGRANGEVILLE — The Admirals are still docked in Section 1.
And the ship that would have taken them to Section 9 for the 2014-15 school year has sailed.
After almost two hours of debate and discussion Tuesday, members of the Arlington Central School District’s board of education defeated a resolution that would have moved the district’s teams from Section 1 to Section 9 by a 4-4 vote; five affirmative votes were needed for passage.
“Well, it’s very disappointing … very disappointing,” Dominick DeMatteo, the head coach of Arlington’s varsity football team, told the Poughkeepsie Journal after the board rejected the proposal during a meeting at LaGrange Middle School. “I believe in our superintendent. I believe in our athletic director. And I believe in the district that I work for. I just think we missed a huge opportunity here to improve the experience here for our student-athletes.
“But, we’ll get behind it.”
Photo credit: The Poughkeepsie Journal