Elwood and Eustis Farnam will be joining forcing in the future for a sports coop. This week the Elwood Board of Education met and decided to move forward with a plan to join up with Eustis-Farnam in the future. The co-op schedule is as follows: 2018-2019: Golf, 2019-2020: Cross Country, Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Track. Because football is in year 1 of a 2-year cycle, it cannot co-op until the 2020-2021 classification year. It is the two schools hope to play 8-man football and be classified as D1 going forward. In the very near future, Elwood will have only 20 girls enrolled in the high school. Elwood’s enrollment numbers and student participation numbers call for the district to try to share programs at this time.
Both Elwood and Eustis-Farnam are struggling with students choosing to participate in high school athletics. This is not unlike many districts across the state, as the current trend is for participation numbers in athletics to continue to decline. Both Elwood and Eustis-Farnam have found it often difficult to field a team, not to mention being able to have enough students to have competitive practices. By combining the two teams they hope to be able to offer their students a better experience in athletics. Elwood and Eustis-Farnam have had a co-op at the Junior High athletic level and have found that the students had a very positive experience. The two schools are hopeful that the high school students will have the same experience. A name for the co-op will be decided upon in the future.