Juneau, AK (KINY)-Juneau School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett Friday provided an update on consolidating Thunder Mountain and Juneau Douglas Football Teams, indicating the programs can be consolidated as a new district team without being under either Thunder Mountain High School or Juneau Douglas High School.
The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA), Dr. Bridget Weiss, Director of Student Services and the administrator in charge of Activities, has determined that Juneau can operate an activity as a district versus having it directly tied to a "member school".
Bartlett says this is new information from previous consolidations involving wrestling and tennis required students to compete under the member school name and colors. This new information from ASAA will be considered as the district moves ahead with approved consolidations for 18-19 school year. There are still many details to be decided, but JSD will be moving forward to establish a consolidated football team as a district, without a designation specifically of JDHS or TMHS.
Bartlett says a group will be created to help identify a mascot, colors, and team name. Because the district anticipates using this same identity for other future consolidated programs, Bartlett says there will be participation from both schools and from a variety of stakeholders including students, players, coaches, parents, and boosters. That group has not yet formed, but Bartlett says the school district will be identifying membership and meeting dates in the coming weeks.
One important aspect of moving forward is managing the financial debt previously incurred by both programs. Each school will be required to address individual debt and there will be a new account established for the consolidated team.