There will be some changes to MPS athletics next year. Coed soccer and boys and girls basketball will be returning to middle schools for 2017-18. With this expanded offering the District Athletic Office will fund a contract provided stipend for K-8/Middle School Athletic Coordinators and game transportation for K-8/Middle School teams in soccer and basketball.
Students at FAIR, Heritage Academy and Wellstone International will have access to the entire array of high school programming through the expanded use of Cooperative Sponsorships (Edison/Heritage, Patrick Henry/FAIR, Roosevelt/Wellstone). And students in grades 7 and 8 may participate in high school programs per Minnesota State High School League rules.
Some of the changes are designed to adapt to budget reductions for next year while minimizing impact on students. The responsibility for uniform replacement and athletic supplies will be shifted to high school athletic departments and District funded high school lower level programs have been eliminated.
These changes have been communicated to Principals and high school athletic directors in meetings throughout the spring. If you have any questions about the changes, please contact the District Athletic Office at 612.668.0600.
In addition, we encourage families to get free sports physicals through School Based Clinics this summer. Appointments can be scheduled directly with your school's clinic.