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Published February 28, 2010, 09:46 PM

Parents Upset About Dissolution Of Minnewaukan-Leeds Basketball Co-Op

The Leeds school board recently voted to dissolve the school's basketball co-op with Minnewaukan, and many people in town are upset about it.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

The Leeds school board recently voted to dissolve the school's basketball co-op with Minnewaukan, and many people in town are upset about it. In fact, the school principal and superintendent were also unhappy, and both resigned. Tonight the community came together to talk about their feelings on the issue. It was an emotional night for parents in Leeds as the community came together to discuss what some call an irresponsible decision by the Leeds School Board. The board took a vote at a recent meeting to dissolve the Minnewaukan-Leeds basketball co-op. Some parents say the meeting was unfair.

Michelle Manley/Parent: "My daughters, and other girls, they were devastated when this happened, when their team was just totally taken apart."

Reg Herman/Parent: "They had the other meeting which means none of us could even ask our representatives, that are elected representatives, to represent us."

One person pointed out that because the meeting was not made public knowledge a week before, the vote may not be legitimate. People say the board has been secretive. None of the board members were at tonight's meeting, but people say discipline may have been a factor in its decision to dissolve the co-op.

Jeff Manley/Former High School Principal: "As far as the board directing anything about discipline towards any of the administration, you need to get a handle on discipline or something that was never put forth by us at any board meeting."

Former Principal Jeff Manley resigned after the board's decision. He, and other parents, say that any issues of discipline with student athletes did not go through the chain of commands. Parents say cutting Minnewaukan out of the co-op is not the right way to handle the situation.

Michelle Manley/Parent: "But that doesn't mean that we just get rid of them because of mistakes that they've made. Us as adults make mistakes."

The board opted to dissolve the 7-year old co-op so Leeds could co-op with Maddock, which has already been approved.

The community discussed a co-op with all three cities tonight, which is something the three schools had considered a few months ago.

No official decisions were made at tonight's meeting.

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