When Should Winter Sports Resume; A Discussion Point For Mercer County Board Of Education

Even though the IHSA put all winter sports on pause this week with stricter Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations taking effect, the issue received some lively discussion from the Mercer County School Board. Unit 404 Board president Julie Wagner made a motion Wednesday night for Mercer County to resume winter sports practices and competitions “immediately upon” the area returning to less stringent Tier 2 mitigations, but that brought immediate pushback from board members Bill Smock and Tab Balmer, who say the ultimate decision lies with the IDPH and Governor in conjunction with the IHSA.


Wagner’s motion failed by a 4-3 vote with board members Mike Bowns and Don Yates also voting no. The IHSA Board is meeting Thursday to discuss the future of winter sports. Reps from IDPH and the Governor’s office were invited to the session but will not be attending.
Also Wednesday night, the board briefly discussed a facility study that’s taking place within the district. The study is looking at everything from new buildings to overhauling existing facilities. Superintendent Scott Petrie says more precise cost data is being gathered.


Bray Architects is conducting the study.