District #18 Approves Plan for Fall Sports Co-op with PJCC

Pope John School Board Will Vote Later This Month

All that remains for Elgin Public Schools and Pope John Central Catholic to form a fall sports co-op is approval by the PJCC Board of Education.

On Wednesday night, the District #18 Board of Education did their part, voting 5-0 to move forward with a fall sports co-op for football and volleyball.

Superintendent Steve Dennis said the number of students between the two schools will allow the team next fall to continue to play 8-man football and be eligible for the state football playoffs. There was concern raised earlier this year about the number of students being above the allowable number for eight-man football. If there were more than 83, the school could have competed in 8-man, but not have been eligible for the state playoffs; or they could have competed in 11-man football. There seemed to be no interest in playing 11-man football.

All that remains now is for the PJCC School Board to approve a resolution to proceed with the sports co-op. Earlier this year the schools joined together to form a winter and spring sports co-op.

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