WEST GREENWICH–The Exeter West Greenwich School Committee was faced with an audience packed with parents last Tuesday night for discussion of a hockey co-op agreement with West Warwick Schools.
Peter Ethier, West Warwick hockey coach and General Manager/Co-Owner of the West Warwick Civic Center, spoke on behalf of parents and students from West Warwick, Exeter, and West Greenwich. The proposed co-op hockey team would be comprised of 15 students from West Warwick High School and nine students from Exeter West Greenwich Senior High School.
Next year, 15 students are expected to return to the team and 7 to 10 students are expected to come from the junior highs.
According to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, co-op teams are to be funded fifty-fifty.
However, Ethier assured the committee that the co-op team would be funded through fundraising and parents at no cost to the EWG school district.
The co-op agreement would last for two years.
Chairperson Susan DeSack points out that although the committee is in agreement that a co-op hockey team is a great idea for students, the committee cannot approve the two-year contract without seeing it in writing.
Committee members agreed that the EWG district cannot be held responsible for the monetary support of the co-op team or the liability issues that may arise. DeSack also points out that should the fundraising not meet the costs of the teams, the district cannot be held responsible to supply any remaining funds needed.
The superintendents and principals from both schools must draw up a contract, approved by their legal counsel, for the co-op team using the information provided by Ethier and the supporting parents.
The hockey season is set to begin on Nov. 21.
The school committee will hold a special meeting on Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. to discuss the team contract and vote to approve/disapprove EWG’s participation.
In other school news, the committee recognized high school senior Kayvon Shakoori for coming in second in the state for the “Why RI?” video contest. The contest required participants to create a video on why one would want to move to and live in Rhode Island. Shakoori competed against professional videographers.
“The professionals couldn’t believe that [Shakoori’s] video came from a high school student,” Superintendent Thomas Geismar said .
Shakoori serves as the videographer for both the school committee meetings and the town council meetings.