This past week the school board approved a resolution to leave the South Central Conference and join the new Big South Conference. All of the South Central Conference Schools have made this choice. We will go from six teams in a conference to thirteen. Belonging to a conference provides stability for all programs, a consistent and planned schedule and known costs. If we had not joined the new conference, we would have been in search of games for all programs, at every level, each year.
There have been newspaper articles and social media postings about how bad this will be for a few programs. New Ulm Schools has more than one or two programs and each one is important to the students, coaches and parents. Making statements that area teams aren't good enough for a particular program aren't beneficial for anyone. High School athletics require positive sportsmanship, starting with the coaches and the parents. If we have coaches and parents making disparaging comments about other schools or other programs, we don't need them involved with New Ulm programs.
All of our students are ambassadors for New Ulm and the surrounding area. We expect our kids to do the right things, representing New Ulm positively and appropriately. We need the adults involved to act appropriately and represent New Ulm in the same way. A decision has been made. Now we all move forward and focus on our students and fostering positive sportsmanship and competition.
We have spent the fall working on strategic planning, which includes looking at where we are at today, researching where we should be headed and putting plans together to make positive gains for our students. Part of this work includes meeting with our legislative representatives to share our concerns, ideas and listen to what their priorities are for education. Next week the board will hold a joint meeting with the city council to discuss what we can do together for the community and our students.
I would like to thank the community members who have contacted me to volunteer their time for our facilities task force. Our first meeting is Dec. 10, from 4:30-6:30 pm in the DAC boardroom.