Sean T. McMann of the Poughkeepsie Journal attended a school board meeting at Arlington that could’ve changed the shape of Section 1 athletics. The school was seen as the possible leader of a mass exodus by Dutchess County schools to Section 9. Instead, after a split vote by the board, Arlington will stay put for the 2014-15 school year.
As you can read in Sean’s story, a potential move to Section 9 was a controversial subject in the district. The strongest opposition came from the track and field and cross country community, which voiced its concern about Section 9’s restriction on participation.
According to Arlington AD Dave Goddard, 95 percent of the districts coaches were proponents of the move to Section 9. One of the most vocal is football coach Dominick DeMatteo, as you can read in Sean’s story.
Superintendent Dr. Brendan Lyons told the board he had been left unimpressed by Section 1’s “glaring lack” of big-picture thinking and “taken aback” by its lack of protocol after a discussion with Section 1 executive director Jennifer Simmons.
Speaking of big picture, the takeaway here is simple: Don’t expect Dutchess schools to leave Section 1 en masse. With Arlington staying put for next school year, it would, I’d suspect, quiet talk of other large schools heading to Section 9, although that remains to be seen. According to Sean’s story, Pawling and Poughkeepsie have considered a move and Our Lady of Lourdes has already applied for Section 9.
For more background and details on last night’s meeting, CLICK HERE to read the entire story from today’s Poughkeepsie Journal.