Friday, August 5, 2011

School board to consider ‘adopting’ Mushers

District seeks student lunch fee increase

Express Staff Writer

John Rade

The possibility of Camas County students playing football for the Wood River High School Wolverines is being considered as Camas County High School tries to determine whether it has enough athletes to field a football team this year.

"Until about a week and a half ago, it wasn't looking good," Camas County High School Principal Jeff Rast said Thursday. "But it sounds like now we're going to have enough to put a football team together."

The possibility of not having a team was discussed earlier this summer by officials at the two high schools. Rast said Wood River High School offered to try to let Camas County students play with the Wolverines if his school didn't have enough players.

"We wanted to have that as a contingency," Rast said. "According to our athletic director, it looks like a go, but we'll know more when practice starts next week."

Known as the Mushers, Camas County High plays eight-man football. The Mushers had 11 players on the team last year but sometimes, because of injuries, they could only field nine.

The issue is listed as an action item for Tuesday's meeting of the Blaine County School District board of trustees.

Wood River High School Athletic Director John Rade said Wednesday that school board approval is required for Mushers to play for the Wolverines.

"Last I heard, they didn't have enough kids for a football program," Rade said. "We just stuck it on our agenda because time is of the essence."

Rade said the issue would also require approval of the Camas County School District board of trustees and the Idaho High School Activities Association.

Wolverine football practice starts on Monday.

In other business, the Blaine County school board will consider a dime increase in the cost of student lunches.

Instead of paying $2 for lunch, elementary students would pay $2.10. Lunch for middle school students would increase from $2.25 to $2.35 and for high school students, from $2.50 to $2.60.

The school board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the district office at 118 W. Bullion St. in Hailey. A complete agenda is available at the district website at

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