The East Aurora School District is considering having a serious discussion with Holland school officials about forming a joint varsity football team.
With school population dipping the last few years, East Aurora School Board member Eric Sweet suggested his district start talks with Holland to form a combined varsity team. East Aurora’s varsity football squad had to forfeit some games last fall due to low participation.
Sweet said East Aurora could start talks with the Town of Holland, which has a Little Loop Football program.
“Why don’t we check with Holland to see if there’s some interest in the program for both districts,” Sweet said.
East Aurora Superintendent Brian Russ initially said the overall impact would have to be considered and that previously Holland was interested, but that had changed. However, most recently, Russ said he learned that regulations about combining teams has been eased and that under a new formula and gauging populations of districts, East Aurora would be able to stay within its current division. “It makes it feasible,” Russ said at the board’s meeting earlier this month.
Timing is critical, however. East Aurora said it soon hoped to meet with Holland officials. But Russ said a decision must be made by March 15 to put a combined team together for the fall. The board plans to discuss the matter at its March 6 meeting, though some said a combined varsity football team may have to wait until fall 2014.
Also this week:
• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, Main and Paine streets.
• The Aurora Town Board holds a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.