Board votes to merge H.S. football in Fredonia

Posted at 6:51 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 06:36:00-05

The future of High School football has been decided in the Fredonia Central School District.

Tuesday night, the school board voted to merge its football team with Brocton and Westfield.

"Relieved is my initial reaction," said Tim Wright, who is the Offensive Line Coach for the team. "The community has been outstanding."

The fate of the program has been in limbo, due to the declining rate of students interested in playing the sport.

"We're really excited to get the three coaching staffs together and plan this new family that we're going to have," he said.

Before the vote came down, Fredonia School Board President Michael Bobseine voiced his concerned about health and safety issues commonly associated with the sport.

"We are impairing the brains of out children who are playing football," said Bobseine. "The research is there. You can't deny it!"

Fredonia's Athletic Director Scot Stutzman says the next step in the process is meeting with the other schools and coming up with a plan for football practices and games.