Budget shortfalls and shrinking populations outside of urban centers are forcing a variety of changes in locales across the nations. In fewer places are those changes more striking than in New York, where two former rivals are now the same team, quite literally.
As reported by Binghamton news network WBNG, the Spencer-Van Etten and Candor school districts have agreed to merge a significant part of their high school athletic departments, making one unified team out of former bitter rivals. While each school will retain some independent programs, five key teams will be merged, including football, varsity boys and girls soccer, varsity cross country, and cheerleading.
While there are sure to be some uneasy feelings about the merger, many of the students affected have already admitted their tentative enthusiasm about the prospective merger.
“Both schools have the potential to be really good,” Spencer soccer player Hannah Westvelt told WBNG. “Candor has a really good offense, and we have a really good defense. So, I think it would be our best bet to merge.”
Competitive benefits may still be a viable question, but the budgetary advantage of the merger is without question: the merger of programs is expected to save the school districts more than $13,000 per year in uniform and transportation costs, among others.