One of Section 1’s most successful basketball and football programs has fled.
The Poughkeepsie school board voted unanimously to join Section 9 for the 2014-15 school year at a board meeting Monday night. Its entry was approved by a 15-0 vote on Tuesday by Section 9’s athletic council, according to Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Amid rumors of a mass exodus of Dutchess schools, Poughkeepsie became the first school to leave Section 1 this year. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Our Lady of Lourdes has also applied and awaits word from Section 9. Arlington’s school board voted earlier this month and rejected the move. Dover has already moved from Section 1 to Section 9. Rival Pawling discussed the move, but has decided not to make it for next school year. Beacon has also deliberated it.
One of the most interesting nuggets from Phil’s story is that Section 9 has pushed back its deadline to apply from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30. Section 9 president Tom Cassata said that decision was made because of the large number of schools contemplating the move.
You have to wonder if Poughkeepsie’s move will create something of a domino effect. John Jay-East Fishkill and Ketcham—both part of the Wappingers district—has said it will not apply to Section 9. Every other Section 1 school in Dutchess (Poughkeepsie, Arlington, Beacon, Lourdes and Pawling) have either made the move, voted on it or contemplated it.