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Proposed Waterville-Mansfield athletic consolidation discussed

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WATERVILLE — Waterville community members shared their thoughts about a possible athletic consolidation with Mansfield during a forum July 8 at the Waterville High School Career Center, sponsored by the Waterville School Board. Board members Stephanie Stibal, Dale Snyder, Daniel Miranda and Eric Biggar were present. Superintendent Cathi Nelson, principal Tabatha Mires and athletic director Mike Gray also responded to questions. The Waterville forum was preceded by similar event in Mansfield.

The original consideration of the issue came when Cora Nordby, superintendent of schools at Mansfield, asked Nelson and other Waterville representatives to meet with her and Mansfield board members. Their request rose from the desire that the Mansfield students be able to participate in sports. Mires, Gray, Biggar and Nelson did meet with the Mansfield delegation in late June to share ideas about a possible consoldation. Limited numbers of students kept Mansfield from fielding teams this year and Waterville is looking at limited student numbers as well, even though the reduction in available team sports may be several years from now.

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