Washington Co. Approves 8-Man Football For 2018 & 2019 School Years

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Declines in enrollment, and low projected numbers of participation in football resulted in the Washington County USD 108 School Board deciding Monday to adopt an eight man football program for the 2018 – 19 school years.

As recently as two years back, the school was classified 3A, and competed with Marysville in district action. The intention, due by September 5th, was approved unanimously after school officials met with the board.

This season, just 15 are out for the sport, with similar numbers expected going forward. In response, as to why numbers were so low, it was noted that the current junior class has just 15 students. It was also noted that with most Twin Valley League schools playing eight man, scheduling had become a challenge.

The decision will take effect next school year for a two year cycle, and can be reevaluated at that time.

No comments were heard during the budget hearing, with the USD 108 budget adopted as published. An increase just under 3 mills will bring the levy to 58.665.

The full minutes of the August 21, 2017 school board meeting can be viewed here.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.