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POUGHKEEPSIE CANCELS FALL SPORTS

Pioneers Set To Name New AD Next Week

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Responding to an inquiry from Hudson Valley Sports Report on Wednesday, new Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser confirmed the rumor that it will not offer high school sports this fall.

“Consistent with our commitment to engage Poughkeepsie City School District students and staff in remote learning during this period of COVID-19, the Poughkeepsie City School District will not be engaging in Section 1 athletics this Fall,” Rosser said in a statement to HVSR.

Poughkeepsie is the 10th school from Section 1 that will not offer fall sports in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pioneers join Pawling and eight high schools from the Yonkers School District.

“This will ensure that the safety and welfare of our student-athletes and staff are maintained,” Rosser said.

Most schools began fall sports practices on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Roy C. Ketcham and John Jay were slated to start today, Oct. 1; Arlington begins tomorrow, Oct. 2. A strong indicator that Poughkeepsie was going to forego a fall season was that none of its fall coaches had been named or approved by the Board of Education.

The school’s decision was further hampered by the fact that the school has been without an athletic director since Christian Hodge departed after the school year ended in June to take the same position at Pelham High School, although Rosser didn’t believe that was as big an issue as it appeared to be.

Rosser intends on rectifying that, saying he plans to present a candidate to the Board for approval at the Board’s next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Sources close to the administration told HVSR that the school interviewed six candidates for the position, including two considered by the sources to be “strong candidates.” One of the final six candidates was believed to be local, and another was believed to be from Connecticut.

Rosser said Wednesday that his final choice is a “fabulous” pick.

“It’s someone that the community, as well as our students and our staff, will be pleased with,” he said.

Rosser added that winter sports will “most certainly” be played at Poughkeepsie if the state allows.

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