Fort Madison Community School District Votes to End Shared Sports Agreements

Fort Madison, IA- After some controversy brought the shared activities agreement between Fort Madison, Holy Trinity Catholic, and Central Lee to Monday Night’s board meeting, it was officially voted that Fort Madison would cut ties with Holy Trinity Catholic and Central Lee in their shared sports agreements by a 4-3 vote.

The board had originally stated that they were going to let the district’s shared athletic programs contract expire at the end of the school calendar year and not hold a vote. Pushback caused the board to open it up and put it on the agenda. Coaches and parents came out in support and debate waged for about 20 minutes. Lois DiPrima, Paul Wilkerson, and Carol Ross voted to continue the agreement, while Board President Josh Wykert, Vice President Mio Santiago, Dianna Hope, and Brad Menke voted to end the agreements.

Holy Trinity Catholic and Fort Madison had shared Baseball, Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Track and Field, and Boys and Girls Wrestling. Fort Madison and Central Lee shared Boys and Girls Wrestling.

Holy Trinity Catholic stated that their plan moving forward is to still offer the sports affected by this decision and that more details will come.