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Mabton High football program may be opened to Bickleton athletes

MABTON - Mabton High School Vice Principal and Athletic Director Denny Brown informed the Mabton School Board Monday night the intention to allow students from Bickleton High School to participate in the football program at Mabton High School.

"We've been in discussion with Bickleton about joining certain sports," Brown told the school board.

Mabton will be reclassified from a B school to 1A next school year and Bickleton will remain a B school.

Brown said there are 192 Mabton students and 21 Bickleton students. Combined they add up to 213 students, well below the new 476-student cutoff for 1A schools. If the two schools combined student body was greater than 476 students, the schools would not be able to merge for football, Brown told the board.

Another stipulation to the merger is the team name must indicate the schools involved. Brown told the school board this wouldn't be a problem and no name changes would be needed.

There is a waiver that can be filled out and Brown indicated Bickleton would go along with it.

"They're not trying to change the name," Brown said. "They'll only have a few students here."

Bickleton High School has agreed to provide the transportation from Bickleton to Mabton for practice times.

"It will be easy to assimilate them into our program and they will be able to help us," Brown said. "It's a good thing for us and a good thing for them. I think they will strengthen us and it will be a good thing for the community."

Also Monday night, the Mabton School Board passed a motion to extend the agreement between Mabton and Grandview to allow Mabton students to use the vocational automotive program at Grandview.

"It's been well received by our students," Mabton School Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis said of the agreement.

The purpose of the agreement is to utilize inter-district cooperation and to provide educational programs not otherwise available.

Transportation to and from the servicing school district will be the responsibility of each participating student. It is estimated that the cooperative will serve an average of eight Mabton students per year.

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