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Bloomfield school board votes against girls basketball, adds XC

BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) -

Bloomfield RXIV Schools' board of education members voted Monday to not form a girls basketball team for elementary, middle, and high school students.

The vote was struck down 3-2 with one member abstaining.

The vote came after the board members heard more than 80 eligible students between the middle and high school signed up to play.

Board members voiced concerns about school bus wear and tear to drive girls to games, funding, and facility usage.

District superintendent Toni Hill says the estimated cost to start the program is $15,500. That estimate covers uniforms, coaches, officials, and score keepers. The district currently has two gymnasiums.

Wednesday, parents and students weighed in on the decision.

“Basketball is a Bloomfield tradition, so if the girls could play basketball I think that would be a benefit to everybody,” parent Mike Christian said.

“There was a pretty big push for it in the sixth grade and in the middle school,” high school senior Madison Staggs said. “I think it'd be something that'd be good for the community.”

Currently, Bloomfield offers volleyball to middle and high school girls as well as softball to high school girls.

The district offers baseball and basketball to middle school and high school boys as well as golf to high school boys.

At the Monday's meeting, the board unanimously approved a cross country program for high school boys and girls. That will begin during the 2015-2016 school year.

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