Two school districts in western Illinois are now on the verge of creating a new athletic co-op.
The West Prairie School Board approved the co-op during a special meeting on April 11. The Bushnell-Prairie City School Board will be asked to do likewise during its regular meeting in April.
The districts already co-op boy’s and girl’s track and will continue to do so. The new agreement will add football, baseball, and softball beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
West Prairie Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth does not expect the co-op to save money, but he said it should improve the quality of activities for students.
“In every way, when you can work together with neighbors to build programs together, I think that makes everything better for kids,” said Heerboth.
Heerboth said revenues and expenses will be shared equally between the districts.
The agreement also calls for creation of a co-op committee, which will include the superintendent, high school principal, athletic, and two board members from each district.
The new teams will be known as Bushnell-West Prairie. The nickname and mascot will be chosen by the respective student bodies. It will not be a current team name. The co-op committee will decide on the mechanism for choosing the team name and mascot.
B-PC currently co-ops with Avon, but that arrangement will end when Avon consolidates with Abingdon later this year.