The disappearance of high school football

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  1. kcjo13

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    What a great story. This is not my school, but is a story heard all over my area these days. My school just went through a consolidation recently, and it is hard. Very hard. And like the article says, the biggest fights were over the mascot and colors. Still not really liking either one!

    It's also a good commentary on the state of rural schools. Many schools call themselves rural, but when I say rural, I'm talking sophomores classes consisting of two boys and one girl. This is common.

    It's a long article, but just really hit home. Take a few minutes-this is how it is here in the "flyover states"!

    http://dataomaha.com/media/sports/high-schools/football/the-disappearance-of-high-school-football/
     
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    Even though I teach in an urban district, I reside in a rural community. A neighboring community is currently deciding if consolidating with another rural community will help their financial woes. I feel for the school in that article. Consolidation is never easy.
    (and football is just as important here too!)
     
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    I fear consolidation will happen in my career. Very worrisome. We aren't 3 kids to a class tiny, but we are small.
     
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    I had no idea. Very illuminating about life in the middle of our diverse country.
     
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    ku, I never thought I would see the day in my school. Honestly, it has been 2 1/2 years and I'm still not used to being a different mascot.

    Our next concern is becoming a county wide school, and all the small towns bussing in to the biggest town. That would be devastating.
     
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    What a difference from the rural to the city. Some of our high schools have over 4000 students. That many students presents problems, too.
     
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    Would love to read it but it wouldn't open for me last night or this morning, even when I try to access it through Google. Hmmm...
     
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    We have 4 districts in our county. There is really no need for that. We have 2 districts just a few miles from us. They are both growing. We are not. :(
     
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    It won't open for me either
     
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    It might have actually opened, but you have to scroll to make the article appear. It moves the pictures up as you scroll.
     
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    I'm having trouble opening this article too but I read the story in the paper. Enrollment is declining in many places as enrollments increase in larger towns and cities.
     

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