Sports dual enrollment approved for Evart Public Schools

EVART —  Student schedules in Evart may become a little busier this spring as dual enrollment in sports was approved at the Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Evart Public Schools Board of Education approved the ability for students in junior varsity and varsity sports to dual enroll, which means students can participate in more than one sport, beginning this spring.

"This is just a trial run," said Superintendent Howard Hyde. "If it works well we will continue it."

According to the district Dual Sport Policy, students involved in extra curricular activities perform better emotionally and physically in sports and at school.

The policy also states that the amount of student athletes who participate in the JV and Varsity baseball and softball have been lacking.

"The last three to four years we have had to cancel sports due to the lack of participators," Hyde said. "This will allow students who weren't able to participate due to other sport obligations, participate in both."

Students who choose to dual enroll will pick a primary and secondary sport. If conflicts in schedules arise, the primary sport takes precedence.

"Kids know that their grades come first," Hyde said. "They may excel in both sports and if it benefits them, it's worth it."

The school board also discussed the new installment of access control to the middle school entry way. A camera and microphone was installed at the school entrance to enhance security. Staff in the office will now have the ability to see and hear guests to the school before giving them access to enter.

"We have had a lot of compliments," said Jason O' Dell, Evart Middle School principal. "It's nice to know that the kids are secure and the staff are in control."