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R-VI’s Chancellor predicts normal sports season

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6:45 am

Despite the concerns of some regarding the rising prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Centralia R-VI’s administration is planning for a fall sports season in line with local tradition.

That was the gist of R-VI Superintendent Steven Chancellor’s discussion with members of the Centralia Rotary club the afternoon of July 21 during the club’s weekly meeting at the Centralia United Methodist Church.

“We are still planning on a full sports season, including home games,” Chancellor said.

Steven Chancellor, superintendent, Centralia R-VI School District.

He did share one concern, that a shortage of sports officials, currently experienced in southwest Missouri might influence the supply here.

“Right now, they don’t think they will have enough officials in the Springfield area to schedule Friday night football games,” Chancellor said. “That could cause some from around here to be drawn south for the work, putting us in a similar situation. Schools down there are discussing having regular season games on Saturdays to compensate for the shortage.”

He said it was not an immediate concern,

but just something he and the administrative team wanted to keep an eye on. He added, there was a chance they could see something similar in volleyball.

Officials aside, he said there were two actions the district was not planning to implement:

• capacity limits

• ticket limits.

“And there is not a universe where I will be asking people for proof of vaccination… At the end of the day it all boils down to personal responsibility.”

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