In a rare roll-call vote, a divided Gasconade County R-1 School District board Thursday night approved a plan to add a Middle School football program to its sports department.
The 4-3 vote came after several supporters of the Hermann Youth Football — which has been operating a program for 7th- and 8th-Grade students for many years — spoke against moving the middle school players under the district’s sports umbrella.
The move comes with a cost to district taxpayers: The start-up cost is estimated at about $16,000 with ongoing yearly costs projected at several thousands of dollars.
The R-1 directors voting in favor of the plan, which was advocated during the meeting by football Head Coach Andy Emmons and Activities Director Todd Anderson, were President Becky Whithaus, Vice President Mark Brooks, Craig Schannuth and Mike Pratte. Voting against the proposal were Dot Schoennig, Kevin Stiers and Jeff Englert.
Superintendent Tracey Hankins did not make a formal recommendation on the proposal, which originated by some of the schools within the Four Rivers Conference. Hankins was quick to noted that the proposal did not originate within the R-1 District.
With the vote, Gasconade R-1 becomes the fifth school in the conference to approve the plan.
For a more-detailed story, see next Wednesday’s edition of The Hermann Advertiser-Courier.