There may be a volleyball team at Plevna in the near future, according to the Plevna School superintendent.
It may depend on the responses at a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the Plevna School Library on Jan. 27.
Nick Schumacher said that a proposal for re-establishing a Cougars girls volleyball program was made by about a half-dozen students during the December meeting of the school board. “We had a number of high school and junior high school girls that addressed the board in public comments during the December meeting,” he said. “Our girls want to play volleyball.
“In Montana, you can petition to allow eighth-graders to play varsity athletics if you are a Class C school (like Plevna) and meet a list of qualifications,” the superintendent said. As planned, the proposal would be to start both a middle school and a high school volleyball program, he added.
“We could need coaches for both programs potentially - at middle school and high school. That is the discussion currently. Nothing has been decided (yet).”
The school currently has an enrollment of about 100 students in all 12 grades, he added, noting that about half that figure would be eligible to participate in the program.
If the volleyball program is restarted in time for the fall season, the Cougars would still face a number of obstacles, including getting board approval and the approval of the state athletic association, along with dissolving the co-op the school has with Baker in the sport.
“We currently do not have any high school sports in the fall. We are in a co-op agreement with Baker for football and volleyball,” he said.
It would also mean the school would have a fall sport of its own and not be part of a co-op.
The two public meetings were scheduled in January for the 23rd and 27th to help gauge the public interest in starting up the program again at Plevna, he explained.
“The public meetings offers our students, our families and our community members the opportunity to provide the district with any feedback pertaining to the creation of a Plevna Cougar volleyball program,” the superintendent said.
It would not be the first time Plevna had volleyball as a fall sport. “At one time, years ago, Plevna did have a volleyball program.”
The current push for volleyball started earlier in the fall, the superintendent said. There also is a current survey which has been sent out by the school regarding the proposal to start a volleyball program.
“Should the district make the decision to have a volleyball program, we would need to advertise for all of the coaching positions,” he said.
The school board will be meeting again Feb. 11 to decide the issue. “Should the board decide to approve the Plevna Cougar volleyball program, then that would need to be approved by the MHSA and, if necessary, dissolve the Plevna-Baker co-op, just in the sport of volleyball,” he explained.
“Those are all steps we will need to take should the community deem it necessary and the board approve it.”