Friday, September 6, 2013
PAWLEYS ISLAND S.C. — Sailing could be added to the list of sports being offered at Waccamaw High if the Georgetown County School Board grants a request being made by a group of students and their parents.
A group addressed the school board about the request Tuesday evening.
Over the summer, more than 130 students expressed an interest in starting a sailing team at the school.
The students have the sailboats but in order to compete in the South Carolina High School League, they will need to be an official team of the school.
Charleston Community Sailing donated six racing boats to the program and Hazzard Marine off Front Street has promised dock space.
At Tuesday’s meeting, WHS student Sydney Register said $4,000 has already been raised and the Matthew Brittain family has pledged an $8,500 matching grant.
The matter was not on the agenda as an action item Tuesday, so no vote was taken.
District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier says more investigation into the request needs to be made, including insurance and liability concerns, a topic brought up by board member Richard Kerr.
Ashley DesMarteau told the board the group has already worked out insurance issues.
She said the S.C. Maritime Museum on Front Street will own the boats and the museum’s insurance policy will cover the vessels.
Dozier said if the sport does receive a sanction, team members will have to have physical exams like students in other sports.
DesMarteau said other schools in the district will be welcome to be a part if they choose to do so.
Dozier said he will have a recommendation for the board to consider at the next meeting, Sept. 17.
By Scott Harper