Lakewood OH

Parent’s plea gets club volleyball another hearing

By Jeff Gallatin

North Olmsted

School board members are apparently willing to give the recently eliminated boys club volleyball sport another serve before the board.

During the July 20 school board meeting, Kathy Busse, mother of  Brendan Busse one of the volleyball team’s key players, asked the board members to consider reinstituting the organization, which the district recently eliminated as one of several varsity and club sports cut to help save the district money.

Busse cited the district’s saying travel costs were a primary reason the club sport was eliminated. She said the combination of having the ability of parents take the club players to their matches as well as the board’s recent approval of a $75 transportation fee for each high school student should make the club’s transportation less of an issue.

“We have seven or eight parents who are willing to drive the players to the different matches,” she said.

When board members noted that the district usually has teams go to events at other schools on buses, Busse noted the bowling team was driven to their events. Athletic Director Tim Carras said one reason for that was that the bowling team joined another conference late in the process.

Busse also noted that not having the volleyball team could cost some athletes such as her son the opportunity to earn scholarships in the sport. Similar athletes have earned scholarships in the sport previously, even while playing at the club level.

School board members asked Carras to look into whether having a club team driven to events could cause problems. Board President John Lasko said the board would gather additional information and consider the matter before the start of the school year and the boy’s club volleyball season.



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