Update: Board of Education postpones applications for bowling and swimming teams

De Soto school board members thought they approved applying for swimming and bowling teams through the Kansas State High School Activities Association this week, but later learned their vote wasn’t valid.

The district still is exploring the possibility of creating high school bowling teams and a combined De Soto and Mill Valley high schools girls and boys swimming team. However, a rules-of-order misstep meant their first official motion toward doing so — which The Explorer reported earlier this week — won’t stand.

The teams were not on Monday night’s board agenda, but the board took up the issue after a district parent came forward during patron input, asking the board to consider adding bowling to the list of school activities. Board member Randy Johnson made a motion to table all discussion about the teams until October, and the board approved Johnson’s motion.

“I'm uncomfortable moving forward tonight when we don't know the details,” Johnson said. “Five days is just too fast to make a decision like this.”

District activities director Roland Van Wyhe was in the process of looking up application fees when Johnson left the meeting before it was officially adjourned.

When Van Wyhe found the information and reported the fees, remaining board members decided that the application fees were nominal enough that the district should go ahead and apply in order to meet KSHSAA’s Sept. 20 deadline so as not to close the door on the possibility of instating teams this school year.

Because the board previously voted to table all discussion on the matter, the ensuing discussion and vote was null and void.

District staff is still expected to bring more details, including clearer cost estimates and information on potential coaches, to the board’s Oct. 10 meeting.

The applications for the teams have not been submitted to KSHSAA at this time, district communications director Alvie Cater said Friday. The district has, however, spoken with KSHSAA and has been granted permission to apply past the deadline if the board still wishes to do so after its October meeting.

“KSHSAA has given the district the go-ahead to apply late and not suffer any penalties if the board still decides to add the teams this year,” Cater said.

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