Central Lee/HTC to share football program

Move won't bump Hawks into higher class


DONNELLSON, IOWA — The Central Lee Community School District Board of Education approved a 28E sharing agreement for football with Holy Trinity Catholic Schools at its May board meeting.
The sharing agreement is for grades 7-12 and will be for two years. It is the first sharing agreement Central Lee has had for football and the district’s first sharing agreement with HTC Schools for any sport. The agreement will be in place for the 2023 and 2024 football seasons. 
“We believe this sharing agreement is a win-win for both schools,” said Wes McGraw, Central Lee Activities Director. “It provides HTC a partner so that their students can play football. We also feel the additional players HTC can provide will give us some additional depth, allowing us to be more competitive at both the varsity and junior varsity levels."
The sharing agreement will add students to Central Lee’s Basic Educational Data (BED) counts for football, but will not elevate the team to 3A. Central Lee will continue to compete in 2A for the next two years. The 28E agreement states that if, in future district cycles, Central Lee would be propelled to 3A, the district may elect to end the agreement. 
“We are excited to have HTC partner with us for football,” said Dr. Andy Crozier, Central Lee Superintendent. “We are mindful of where we are enrollment-wise for future district cycles. I’m confident that we will remain in 2A for the next four years, but both schools will likely see enrollment increases in the future. We feel it is important to be transparent with HTC about what might happen if we were to be bumped to 3A down the road.”
Central Lee Head Coach Doug Dodds and his staff will be visiting HTC in the near future to meet with student-athletes and welcome them to the Central Lee football program.

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