OMS football proposal fails Monday on 3-4 vote

Dave Marner

Football for seventh and eighth-graders  will remain a product of the Owensville Football Association (OFA) after R-2 School District directors on Monday voted down a proposal to make it a school-sanctioned activity.

“It won’t come up again this school year,” said Board of Education member Russ Farrell following their meeting.

Board members voted against a motion to start middle school football in the 2018-19 school year on a 3-4 vote. Board members had discussed the proposal at length in a special workshop meeting held Nov. 15.

Farrell and Glenn Ely, president of the board, said afterward on Monday they had met with representatives of the OFA about two weeks ago for an informational presentation on the proposal. Joining them at the presentation were fellow board member Joyce Lowes, Dale Long, the district’s head football coach and athletic director, and local volunteer coaches including Jeff Payne, Aaron Meyer, and Chad Watson, president of the OFA.

Farrell described the meeting as a “fact-finding presentation.”

Farrell and Ely both said they could not rule out the possibility the issue could be revisited at another time. However, both agreed, it would not be addressed any more during the current school year.

Farrell, Ely, and Bryan Curtman all voted in favor of Curtman’s motion to start a school program for seventh and eighth-graders next fall. Farrell offered the second to bring it to a vote. Voting against the proposal were Lowes, Debbie Landolt, Nona Miller, and Bill Seamon.

Our coverage of the story continues, starting on page 15, in Sports.