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Centralia School District board debates dual sports request, participation

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:59 am

It started with a tax rollback, which despite the district rolling back its tax to $4.3327 per $100 assessed valuation, Steven Chancellor, Centralia R-VI’s new superintendent, said the county’s recent reassessment would actually cause an increase in the district’s tax revenue by approximately $160,000.

Jozelynn Bostick asks the R-VI School board for permission to participate in cross country and softball. In the background, Danny Dollens listens. He later asked to speak but was denied.

Afer that a student accolade and a student request were among the dominant topics during the August 12 meeting of the Centralia R-VI Board of Education.

The board and its audience of 23 were introduced to Ben Ray, a CHS junior who placed second in the FBLA national contest, in the networking concepts division. His business instructor, FBLA sponsor, Andrew Reynolds, said Missouri had the second-largest FBLA membership, after Georgia. Matt Smith, CHS principal, also introduced the school’s other FBLA sponsor, Jason Watermann.

They then heard from Jozelynn Bostick who had been given permission to address the board regarding participating in multiple sports during a single season. Bostick, the daughter of school board member Brian Bostick wanted to simultaneously play on the CHS softball team and run for the CHS cross country team. She said she had participated in both sports during the summer to see if she could enjoy them both. She said she also met with Coach Kendra Murphy – CHS softball and Jason Watermann – CHS cross country to get their approval for the attempt.

She quoted articles from the National Federation of State High School Sports and the Sports Camps Candad regarding the benefits of multiple sports including preventing burnout and reducing the overuse injuries. “If you are doing only one sport such as softball, performing those same motions over and over again will cause injury to the joints from overuse and stress. If you are practicing softball and running you are learning both teamwork and how to deal with adversity.

“I believe participating in multiple sports allows one to be a more developed and well-rounded athlete,” she said from the podium. “I would love the chance to play both softball and cross country because I love them both and would like to excel in both,” she said.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.