After four months of batting around the idea of fielding a high school baseball team, Peabody-Burns school board said “play ball” Monday, and play it in Hillsboro.
Superintendent Ron Traxson presented an option of a co-op with the Hillsboro High School baseball team.
“Peabody High School would play this spring, with an immediate established schedule,” Traxson said. “All we would need is cost for a driver for getting players to Hillsboro for practice.”
The possibility of helping pay for a junior varsity baseball team with Hillsboro, if numbers allowed it, also was mentioned.
Traxson asked board members which way they were leaning.
“I think this is a good way to open the door and get this thing started and get it rolling and see where we’re at,” board member Travis Foth said. “In all reality, if the ball got down to it, we may be more competitive as a co-op than maybe even as a standalone.”
Board member Glendon Parks, who had been vocal in his desire for a team, agreed that a co-op with Hillsboro was the way to go.
“We got good kids but I don’t know if we could sustain a team right now,” Parks said. “This is probably the way to do it.”
Board members voted unanimously for the arrangement.
In other business:
- The 2015-16 security contract was renewed.
- Peabody-Burns FFA members Josh Morgan, Devon Gaines, Adam Frye, and Breeanna Lett presented what they learned at the national FFA convention in October.
- Peggy Phillips received retirement recognition and was presented a clock for her service with the school. Tony Zappone also received service recognition and was presented a bell.