wiscott90
It's a possibility if the Eau Claire schools have to merge athletic teams to save money which is being discussed.

http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BICACBO1GoI

If this goes through there will be massive layoffs of coaches and alot less opportunities for student-athletes.
Everybody may be forced to suffer because of the past sins/indulgences/bad decisions of previous EC school boards.

Do we see the Wausau schools discussing merging athletic teams? La Crosse? Madison? Milwaukee? No, so Eau Claire would be a laughing stock around the state.





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wiscott90 wrote:


It's a possibility if the Eau Claire schools have to merge athletic teams to save money which is being discussed.

http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BICACBO1GoI

Everybody may be forced to suffer because of the past sins/indulgences/bad decisions of previous EC school boards.


Do you work for The Enquirer?[] [] Comments like yours can only add fuel to the speculation and unfounded panic.

Instead of generalizing "past sins/indulgences/bad decisions of previous EC school boards." why not share what some of these are? Personally, I see this more of a sign of economic times than a statement on the ineffeciency of the EC School Boards. Costs are going up at the same time less money is available to spend. Many, many schools are in the process of making hard choices.

At the end of the day, I am willing to bet that they won't consolidate athletics...at least not the primary ones (some make money, some don't). Co-oping some sports are done all over the state.

A while ago, I commented somewhere that I could see HS athletics going the way of colleges...Paid for by large corporate sponsors. I could see a basketball team outfitted top to bottom by someone like Nike, Adidas...

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wiscott90
well, one of the proposals is to close the Northstar Middle school.....that's the NEWEST of the three middle schools here. (been open....10 years maybe?) If they are already thinking of closing it then it should have never been built in the first place which would have saved taxpayers some serious dough and good luck trying to find a buyer for that building in these tough financial times. You should see all the vacant buildings in EC......it's a buyer's market right now not a seller's.

The SAGE program should have never been started......affects a small number of students but is costly to start and maintain and now that is also on the chopping block.

school district picking up the tab for employee part of the state retirement plan....many other school districts have their employees pay for that.

the failure to "go green" in several of the school buildings and save on the monthly bill stuff.......Menomonie has.

What I see is dollar after dollar after dollar that could have saved for a rainy day when economic conditions got tough like they are now so we wouldn't be in this type of bind.

We may have seen the last Memorial vs North football game. It's true that varsity athletics bring in money but EC schools pay a ton to the city in user fees for the use of Carson Park and Hobbs Ice Arena.


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dfnewburry
Eau Claire just recieved an award for being the best place in the entire country for raising kids .

http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BIAG2F5UGL3

Why would it be bad to have unified teams or for that matter unified schools ?

If only other school districts would think about cutting and unifieing than spending just to spend or being conservative to the point of death .

Think above the collective and just not the sports teams .

Coming from one of those school districts who has a taxbase that cares nothing about the current student body I feel privledged to see the how Eau Claire actually tries to improve itself .








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wiscott90
dfnewburry wrote:


Eau Claire just recieved an award for being the best place in the entire country for raising kids .

[link=http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BIAG2F5UGL3]http://www.leadertelegram.com/story-news.asp?id=BIAG2F5UGL3[/link]

Why would it be bad to have unified teams or for that matter unified schools ?

If only other school districts would think about cutting and unifieing than spending just to spend or being conservative to the point of death .

Think above the collective and just not the sports teams .

Coming from one of those school districts who has a taxbase that cares nothing about the current student body I feel privledged to see the how Eau Claire actually tries to improve itself .


As I previously stated it would less opportunities for the kids. If you cut the sports teams in half then that = less opportunity.
Unified schools?? Where is the unity in putting the 9th and 10th graders in one high school building and putting the 11th and 12th graders in another building across town?? Sounds like segregationalism and isolationalism to me and a nightmare for some teachers.

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mockingbird
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If this were to happen, be clear that Rice Lake would stand absolutely no chance in most Varsity sports, and I would be stunned if Rice Lake and Menomonie didn't request divisional changes.

How can you put two sub-1000 student schools in a conference with Hudson (Enrollment 1700+) Chippewa (1400+, I think?), and then a Student Body with 3000 kids to choose from? Rice Lake and Menomonie already have an incredibly difficult time competing in most sports, in some sports, they consistently get blown out and its a celebration when they win even a single conference game.

How could you justify creating such a dominant team in the conference, and keeping teams that really would stand--and I hate to say this, because I'm a student athlete--no chance at winning in just about every single sport? For teams like Chippewa and Hudson it would be pretty darn difficult to compete in most sports, facing a team that draws from twice their enrollments. But for Menomonie? Rice Lake? River Falls if they don't grow as they were predicted to? We're talking three times as many kids at this Eau Claire combined school than are at those three schools. Football and Basketball would be hard enough, but what about a sport like Soccer? Hockey? Track? It'd be more fair for those three schools to take on schools like Barron and Cumberland. If this were to happen, you cannot justify any of those schools being in the same conference with the new Eau Claire school.


Why do people cry when they have to play schools with bigger enrollment. What if you just step up your program and do something about it on the field. That is a defeatest attitude if i ever saw one. It reminds me when New richmond played in the Big Rivers and lost almost every game.cried enough to get moved to the middle border where they continue to struggle even with the largest enrollment in the conference.
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Mockingbird wrote:


Mr_mike527 wrote:


If this were to happen, be clear that Rice Lake would stand absolutely no chance in most Varsity sports, and I would be stunned if Rice Lake and Menomonie didn't request divisional changes.

How can you put two sub-1000 student schools in a conference with Hudson (Enrollment 1700+) Chippewa (1400+, I think?), and then a Student Body with 3000 kids to choose from? Rice Lake and Menomonie already have an incredibly difficult time competing in most sports, in some sports, they consistently get blown out and its a celebration when they win even a single conference game.

How could you justify creating such a dominant team in the conference, and keeping teams that really would stand--and I hate to say this, because I'm a student athlete--no chance at winning in just about every single sport? For teams like Chippewa and Hudson it would be pretty darn difficult to compete in most sports, facing a team that draws from twice their enrollments. But for Menomonie? Rice Lake? River Falls if they don't grow as they were predicted to? We're talking three times as many kids at this Eau Claire combined school than are at those three schools. Football and Basketball would be hard enough, but what about a sport like Soccer? Hockey? Track? It'd be more fair for those three schools to take on schools like Barron and Cumberland. If this were to happen, you cannot justify any of those schools being in the same conference with the new Eau Claire school.


Why do people cry when they have to play schools with bigger enrollment. What if you just step up your program and do something about it on the field. That is a defeatest attitude if i ever saw one. It reminds me when New richmond played in the Big Rivers and lost almost every game.cried enough to get moved to the middle border where they continue to struggle even with the largest enrollment in the conference.


People complain because it does make a difference. That's why they different divisions in sports based on school size. When you have less people to choose from there's going to be less of a selection talent wise. That's why you see Rice Lake as the doormat for soccer in the Big Rivers every year, but then they do well when they play schools their own size during the playoffs. But Rice Lake is the only school I really feel should be moved out. Menomonie is still a good size and still D1 in most sports.

And personally as somebody from River Falls I'm a little offended at the thought of playing those schools. It may be one of the smaller schools, but still holds it's own in most sports. It may not always be easy, but why should it be? I feel that's all a move for River Falls and Menomonie would be is to make winning easy. I don't know, maybe it's different for me since the teams I played on did pretty dang well on the soccer field. And yeah, it sucked getting beat up over and over by Memorial knowing they probably had a hell of a lot more to choose from, but I rather would have played against them than lowering ourselves to inferior competition.
If you were right, I'd agree with you
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West Bend East and West Bend West have separate athletic teams, bands, proms, etc., even though the schools are housed under one roof and students sit along side one another in their classes. Such a scheme would allow North and Memorial to retain their identities in a merged school situation. Also, dropping one assistant superintendent and one director of special education would save about $200,000 and go a long way toward fixing the budget in the short term,
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mrmike527
Tercel wrote:


West Bend East and West Bend West have separate athletic teams, bands, proms, etc., even though the schools are housed under one roof and students sit along side one another in their classes. Such a scheme would allow North and Memorial to retain their identities in a merged school situation. Also, dropping one assistant superintendent and one director of special education would save about $200,000 and go a long way toward fixing the budget in the short term,


I don't think they're combining the schools, if I understand right. Just the athletic programs.
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