The idea was first outlined for the board at a work session last month. This week Superintendent Jim Hinson told the board that the district is “proceeding with the plan to institute middle school sports.” In his update, Shawnee Mission Athletic Director Matt Johnson said he had found an insurance company that is willing to provide catastrophic insurance for students in the programs. Another voluntary insurance plan will be available to parents that would cover the high deductible on the school plan. Insurance was a question raised by the board last month.
Johnson said it had been determined to use middle school colors and mascots for the program to create identity for the two middle school years, rather than use high school colors. Johnson said the budget for uniforms was at a basic level, but interest from the business community in providing financial support might allow for a better quality uniform.
Now the budget is $50,000 for uniforms for all sports at all schools, but more traditional uniforms could double or triple that amount. Hinson said the district may do sponsorship signs in the gyms, but would bring the sponsor plan back to brief the board.
The plan would maintain the intramural program, but also bring back cross-country, wrestling, basketball and volleyball to a no-cut middle school sports program that has been missing for years. Each school could have multiple teams based on the interest.