District Closes For Volleyball; Not All Approve 11-18-2010 - WNEM TV 5

District Closes For Volleyball; Not All Approve 11-18-2010

Schools in the Reese School District were canceled Thursday so that all students and staff could support the girl’s high school volleyball team.
Reese School superintendent Storm Lairson justified closing of the high school, middle school and elementary schools on Thursday.
“School isn’t always just about books,” said Lairson to TV5’s Craig McMorris. For the first time in school history, the girls volleyball team made the state semi-finals.
But not everyone is in favor of the decision.
When the news got out about the district closure, WHNN's Johnny Burke said his morning radio show was flooded with about a hundred calls, with 90 percent of them opposed to the decision.
"I went to a big school, state champs every year and we had huge rallies, but nothing was ever done to give us a day off from school,” said Burke. “They never put education on the back burner and athletics on the front burner."
But Lairson disagrees. "This is about school spirit, it's about community involvement and programs, it's about supporting our kids," the superintendent said.
While the superintendent admits not everyone was happy with the decision to close the schools, everyone TV5 talked with in Reese seemed to agree with the decision.
“[It’s] pretty important, [I’ll be] going down and supporting the girls," said one Reese resident.
"I have a friend on there, [I’ll be] going to support her," said a Reese student.
Tim Sheridan and his two daughters also support the decision to close the schools.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these seniors, and I really support the school system for doing this," said Sheridan.
The students ultimately won't miss any class time and Lairson said the school day will be made up at a later date.
Meanwhile, the Reese girls couldn't keep back the Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central team and fell in all three straight sets.
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