Poughkeepsie High School Athletic Director Matt Cameron will give a presentation detailing the benefits and drawbacks of the Poughkeepsie Central School District’s possible switch from Section 1 athletics to Section 9 at the board of education’s community forum on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the S.F.B. Morse School.
The presentation is listed on the meeting agenda on the board’s website, and was confirmed on Monday by Cameron. The board and attendees alike will be welcome to ask questions.
“I think the board wants to see the presentation,” Cameron said of Poughkeepsie’s progress toward deciding whether or not to apply to join Section 9 before the Nov. 30 deadline. “Parents can ask, ‘How does this impact my child and how does this impact my next winter, spring and fall?’ I think those are the questions that I want to hear.
“I’m certainly prepared to give everybody good solid information that would help them lean one way or the other with how they feel. It’s a positive thing for everybody.”
Cameron has been in the process of researching a possible move and said the logistics of joining Section 9 may be best for the school’s student athletes.
“Based on what I’ve seen with competing in the (Mid-Hudson Athletic League), which is the only way it would make sense for us (to switch sections), the travel is much less, which gets our kids home earlier in the night,” Cameron said. “Less time on a bus means saving on transportation.
“If we’re staying in Dutchess County, it’s good for parents that way, to see their kids play.”
Cameron noted “Section 1 has been great for us,” in terms of creating league alignments to best suit the quality of Poughkeepsie’s teams.
Of Dutchess County’s 15 high schools, eight are in Section 9 and seven are in Section 1. Of those, Our Lady of Lourdes has already applied to switch sections, while Arlington and Pawling have both held board meetings on the matter this month. Arlington’s proposed move was denied by a 4-4 board vote last week.
“I think their decision probably won’t have a lot to do with the decision our school board makes,” Cameron said. “I think if Poughkeepsie was a school with 2,500 kids, we might be having a different conversation.”