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Strike two for Peabody-Burns baseball proposition

Staff writer

Peabody-Burns school board members were once again up at bat for the idea of a baseball team for the school district.

“I would volunteer as coach if rules allow it,” parent George Moore told board members Monday. “I would be willing to get the salary and donate it back into the program immediately.”

Moore, along with his wife, Kari, their kids, and a few other parents and children, attended the meeting Monday in hopes to help the board see their views on why the district should get a baseball program.

Assistant principal Ray Savage presented to the board his survey he had given to students and the costs he had estimated from figures he got from Little River’s and Remington’s baseball programs.

“Even though there is a desire,” Savage said, “it’s hard to reach with the number we have in kids.”

Savage gave results from his survey, which included grades all the way down to third and fourth grade, two classes that only have around eight boys in them.

“I don’t have a problem at all,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said. “If we do it, I’m for it, I’d love to see the opportunity. I have to be honest, though, that it comes down to if we start it up and only have eight kids.”

Other board members had questions about the program, including whether players could buy their own pants to cut on costs, if students could maintain academic eligibility, and if they could have enough players to cover for sick or injured teammates.

Moore said he knew the boys he coached in the REC program would want to play in high school, and offered to do his own survey to present to the board at the November meeting.

Last modified Oct. 14, 2015

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