No board decision on Ike’s request to move to District 9

Who will face Ike?

While the question of whether Eisenhower Middle High School will transfer to District 9 or remain in District 10 for athletics wasn’t answered at Monday night’s meeting of the Warren County School District board of directors’ Personnel, Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities Committee meeting, administration will be receiving some guidance from the board members.

Administration said it was still gathering data on the issue and is awaiting a response from District 10, Eisenhower’s current district, on questions about its future course.

While school directors could opt to leave District 10, and likely do so in time to be part of the district re-alignment process in December, administrators noted that wouldn’t necessarily mean Eisenhower would make it into District 9.

Entrance into the other district would require approval from District 9 and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (PIAA), a private organization.

If the district moved ahead with allowing Eisenhower to leave District 10 without approval to join District 9, athletic programs at the school could be left outside of any district and, in turn, find themselves without a league, and, at best, an independent schedule.

“Even if it moved forward it’s not guaranteed it would happen,” District Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gary Weber pointed out of switching districts.

Board member John Grant suggested giving administration guidance as far as whether the board even wished the district to pursue further information on the switch and on whether to move forward if a switch appeared beneficial to Eisenhower through a resolution vote. He said moving such a resolution forward would give board members a chance to vote and the results of that vote would determine whether administration should continue to pursue a switch. He noted he was not suggesting a final vote authorizing any sort of switch at this time.

The committee agreed to move such a resolution forward for board vote.