Anaconda school board approves moving sports teams to Class B


ANACONDA, Mont. - Anaconda School District officials decided they want to switch the school's sports teams to Class B division from Class A, because of struggling enrollment.

The Montana High School Association made the recommendation to make the switch after looking at the enrollment averages from the two previous years. Anaconda's average enrollment is 326, right on the edge of the class recommendations.

In the meeting, some expressed concerns about golf being moved to a spring sport. Others wondered if colleges would give offers to athletes in Class B.

Football coaches supported the switch to Class B.

About 15 coaches, parents and students spoke up at the meeting.

"Programs have peaks and dips, but I do not see this as a reason to drop down to a lower class when so many of our athletes are having success right where they are," said Head Volleyball Coach Brianna Saltenberger.

"Take into consideration a move to Class B, let these kids compete on a level playing field," said Anaconda parent Scott Hatcher.

The school will have one year to transition into the Class B division.

We spoke with the Anaconda principal, who says the board is putting together a new rubric to rate all five schools in the district.