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Recommended compact between O-M and Watkins

Superintendents unveil draft plan; resolution to follow

WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 27 -- The joint meeting of the Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen School Board Monday night was held to consider -- ask questions about and suggest tweaks for -- a draft "compact" between the two districts for the merger of their football programs.

The draft compact, as presented to the boards, follows:

In order to provide modified, junior varsity and varsity football opportunities to the students of our respective school districts, the following is a recommended compact between the Watkins Glen Central School District and the Odessa-Montour Central School District regarding their football programs, effective Feburary 1, 2015:

Operations: Watkins Glen Central School District.

Steering Committee: Made up of each district's Superintendent of Schools, one administrator and one coach, each to be appointed by that district's Superintendent of Schools

Selection of Coaches: Reached via consensus within the Steering Committee, final recommendation made by the WGCSD Superintendent of Schools to WGCSD Board of Education for appointment.

Employment of Coaches: Watkins Glen Central School District.

Athletic Code of Conduct: Each district's Code of Conduct applies to that student's eligibility to participate in football.

Budget: Determined annually by the WGCSD, upon input and recommendation from the Steering Committee.

Additional Revenues/Costs: The district that hosts a football event retains the gate and concession money from the event, but is responsible for the costs of the event relative to ticket takers, chaperones and other paid adult staff, excluding officials, section and league fees.

Booster Clubs: Funds generated by booster clubs will continue to support the athletic programs within their respective school district.

Post-Season Awards: Current district awards banquets and ceremonies will continue as they have in the past.

Fields Use for Games: Every effort will be made to use all fields evenly for games. Final recommendation to be made by the Steering Committee to the Superintendents.

Fields Use for Practices: Recommended by the Steering Committee, based on what makes sense logistically, financially, safety and transportation wise.

Physical/Health Forms/Parental Permission to Participate: Each district is responsible for enrolling its own students in football.

Incident Reports: For required paperwork, concussion protocols and accident reports, coaches will work with the health offices and Athletic Directors of the affected student's district.

Insurance: Each district is responsible to provide insurance to cover its student athletes, as well as naming the other district as coinsured under its own umbrella liability policy.

Mascot, Team Name, Colors, Uniforms: To be recommended by the student-athletes of each district. They will provide input with final decision coming from the Steering Committee as recommendation to the WGCSD's and O-M's Boards of Education.

Homecoming: There will be one Homecoming game per year, alternating venue annually. Additional details and planning will be determined by the Steering Committee.

Cost/Charges Methodology: Based on size of each district relative to each other. Watkins Glen 60%, Odessa-Montour 40%.

Dissolution of Inventory/Assets: Based on size of each district relative to each other: Watkins Glen 60%, Odessa-Montour 40%.

Written Agreement: This agreement shall be known as a compact between the WGCSD and the OMCSD. The written compact will be reviewed and discussed at a joint workshop session of both Boards of Education and, subsequently, an agreement adopted by both Boards of Education at which time it will have full force and effect in both districts.





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