LOYALTON – Two school districts in the lower part of our region are on their way to merging varsity sports programs. The Daily Item reports Upper Dauphin and Millersburg School districts are a step closer to a cooperative sports agreement to be implemented in four phases by the 2024-25 school year.
Upper Dauphin’s school board approved the merger at their meeting Tuesday night. The Millersburg school board will meet Monday. The paper says declining enrollments in both school districts were a big factor in reaching the decision.
If approved, phase one would be implemented in the 2019-20 school year with Millersburg being the host school for golf, swimming, and track and field. Upper Dauphin would host competitive cheer. Phase two would follow in 2020-21 with Millersburg hosting boys and girls soccer and Upper Dauphin hosting football and wrestling.
Phase three would be in the 2022-23 school year with Upper Dauphin hosting baseball and softball. The final phase would be for the 2024-25 school year, with Millersburg hosting boys and girls basketball and Upper Dauphin hosting girls volleyball. If participation rates warrant, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and other sports could be installed in the agreement as well.