District moves ahead with competitive cheer leading, girls lacrosse teams

The Greater Amsterdam School District Board of Education passed a measure at Wednesday’s meeting allowing for the creation of a high school girls lacrosse team and JV and varsity cheer leading teams. Following the district’s admission into the Foothills Council, the district began exploring the options.

A general interest sign up was held for girl’s lacrosse with 60 girls signing up. The first year will require a one-time expenditure of about $7,000 to purchase the necessary equipment and a yearly cost of $2,466 for the coach’s salary. The lacrosse team will be JV only in order to have time to develop skill and ensure that interest in the team is maintained before making the decision to create a varsity team.

Cheer leading has officially become a sport this year in the Foothills Council, and the Amsterdam School District has decided to make the preexisting extracurricular team competitive, after the team and adviser expressed an interest in doing so. The move will require the creation of a varsity cheer leading coach position at a cost of $2,900 and a JV coaching position for $1,902.

Ashley Onyon

Ashley Onyon is a graduate of the journalism program at SUNY Albany. She has contributed articles to The Mohawk Valley Independent and the annual journal Upstream.