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New England Roundup: Vermont

September, 1, 2010
The future of Vermont high school sports may be shaped by teamwork. Specifically, it may be shaped by cooperative teams.

VermontMount Abraham in Bristol and Vergennes, schools located 11 miles apart, have formed a cooperative football team that will begin play in Division III this fall. The schools will share the costs.

Bob Johnson, the director of student activities for the Vermont Principals’ Association, said he expects more athletic partnerships to form in the near future.

“The biggest thing we’re dealing with is the issue of declining enrollments and schools fielding cooperative teams,” Johnson said. “I think we’re going to see a lot more of that in the future.”

Vermont didn’t have a cooperative team until 2009, when Enosberg and Richford formed one wrestling team.

“They’re both very, very small schools,” Johnson said. “They (the two schools) took care of everything in one two-hour meeting. That’s how bad they wanted it.

“Because so many schools have declining student enrollment we revised our policy on cooperative teams based largely on the policy out of Massachusetts.”

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