I am writing to inform you of a recent decision made by the West Nodaway R-1 Board of Education. At the December meeting, the Board voted 6-1 to enter into a full sports cooperative agreement with the Nodaway-Holt school district for a period of five years. Subsequently, a week later, the Nodaway Holt district, by a 6-1 vote, decided to enter into a five-year agreement with West Nodaway.
This means that for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, we will be cooping, across the board in all sports, with Nodaway-Holt. Administration from both schools will hold meetings in the upcoming days to determine a course forward. This course will need to include a discussion on school colors, mascots, coaching positions, practice schedules, and many other aspects of a sports program.
The time will come when we seek community input in regard to mascots, colors, and naming. This process will have to begin and take place fairly quickly, as equipment and uniforms purchases take time to fill. I ask for your patience during this transition time. I will do my best to keep the community informed of our progress in the development of this new cooperative. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and we will set up a time to visit.
Dr. Mitch Barnes
Superintendent West Nodaway R-I