CASSADAGA - Residents are concerned about the future of sports at Cassadaga Valley Central School.
During the Cassadaga Valley School Board meeting Athletic Director Mark Peterson approached the board with concerns regarding the various sports teams fielded by the school.
Peterson went on to discuss the numbers involving varsity football (19), wrestling (8), varsity soccer (5, and all boys), and varsity track (15 boys and 15 girls).
OBSERVER Photo by Jasmine Willis
Cassadaga Valley School District Athletic Director Mark Peterson is seen in this photo presenting his concerns to the Cassadaga Valley School Board about the various sports teams not having enough people interested in joining for the 2014-2015 school year.
"It is mind-boggling how it got to this point so quickly," he said. "Every-thing is changing so drastically."
Peterson is worried there might not be very many "D schools left to play" in future games and the "problem of recruiting students" into sports gets "worse every year."
There will be a meeting Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room for parents to get more information on how the new changes in sports may affect their children.
Superintendent Thomas Schmidt addressed the concerns of safety for students.
"We will make sure that our students get transported to their location of practice and back safely," he said.
President Carl Perry said that three factors are found in why kids don't join sports.
The first is there are problems with finances at home and students feel they need to help out.
The second is there are problems with money for college.
The third is students are buying cars now and need money for them.
All in all it comes down to students are getting jobs and won't have time for practice or games.
Several residents took the stand to address their personal concerns.
Laurie Dutton said the parents "will keep an open mind" at the January meeting.
"We don't want to lose what we built," she said. "We don't want to lose our identity."
Jen Doll said she went to school here and now her daughter goes here.
"We might get more kids interested in sports if someone looked at the coaches," she said. "I believe if you pulled a student out of gym and asked them if coaches were changed, 30 percent of them would play sports if coaches were changed."
Other concerns involved the administration, old elementary school, and even Common Core.
Cassadaga Village Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony said she wants to know what is happening with the old elementary school.
"I have talked to a lot of people and the village wants to know what you are going to do with the school," she asked. "Since the heater is still on we want to use the gym for a recreation center for kids to practice in during the winter; it is really nice for our kids to have some place to go"
Perry said he will "make a point" to keep the village "involved in their plans" and a meeting will be set at a later date to discuss that matter.
Bob Reuther said he wants to know what is going to happen with the Common Core. "I am a supporter of the Common Core," he said.
The board said it will have a meeting to discuss Common Core Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
Marcy Miller is concerned the staff is not being good communicators.
"No one acknowledged anything for five weeks," she said. "We went five weeks without administration."
Miller said she believes the staff should send out emails and be better communicators.
The next school board meeting is changed to Sinclairville Elementary School on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. and these concerns will be addressed further there.