The Hanover School Board approved a list of extracurricular activities for the 2013-14 school year, and for the first time, varsity and junior varsity lacrosse are included among Virginia High School League sports.
Lacrosse has been a club sport at Hanover County high schools for several years.
The local lacrosse community has lobbied the School Board for VHSL status since the summer, stating that more than 700 Hanover County students are involved in the sport.
VHSL status would grant more competitive opportunities for lacrosse teams.
Each high school’s 2013-14 list of interscholastic sports includes boys varsity, boys junior varsity, girls varsity, and girls junior varsity lacrosse, with 14 games for each group.
Dr. Jamelle Wilson, superintendent, reminded the board that the lacrosse community has committed itself to funding the sport without drawing from the schools’ budget.
“Staff will be working alongside the lacrosse community to ensure that this is a cost-neutral venture to the school division, which is the proposal which was made and approved by you during your budget processes,” Wilson told the board.
The board approved the list of extracurricular activities with a 6-0 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting. Mechanicsville Board member Glenn Millican was absent due to illness.
Also that evening, six elementary schools were recognized for receiving state awards.
Pearson’s Corner and Pole Green earned the Board of Education Excellence Award.
Both schools have met state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years. The schools are also making progress toward the Va. Board of Education’s goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities.
Cool Spring, Kersey Creek, South Anna, and Washington-Henry received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award, also for meeting state and federal benchmarks and for making progress toward goals set by the Board of Education and Gov. Bob McDonnell.
During the public comment period, Donna Boone, the grandmother of a middle school student, called for a comprehensive bullying and character education program designed specifically for Hanover middle schools.