July 09--In a move that both sides say is in the best interest of their students, the Western Beaver County School District and the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Charter School have entered into a cooperative athletic agreement.
The agreement was approved by the boards governing both school districts in June and is awaiting approval by the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL).
It covers boys golf, track and baseball, girls basketball and potentially girls golf, according to Lincoln Park Chief Executive Officer P.K. Poling and Western Beaver Superintendent Robert H. Postupac.
The agreement was months in the making, according to Lincoln Park athletic director Mike Bariski, and was made because it's "the best opportunity for our kids."
Bariski and former Western Beaver athletic director Ron Busby initiated the talks, Barkiski said. Busby has since been replaced as AD by David Brandon, but Western Beaver remains supportive of the move, Postupac said.
"Frankly, it's an opportunity for everyone," Postupac said.
"They are neighbors and friends," he said of Lincoln Park, which is based in Midland and has students who attend from across the region. Western Beaver is based in Ohioville and serves students who live in Glasgow and Industry.
Pending WPIAL approval, Lincoln Park would host the boys golf team in the fall and the Western Beaver girls basketball team would combine with Lincoln Park and compete at the club level next year, with plans to compete in the WPIAL pending for 2015-16, Bariski said.
The move would end Western Beaver's 88-game winless streak, a record that wasn't mentioned by either side in making the move.
"We're doing our best to offer the students at Western Beaver viable, competitive programs for the future," Postupac said.
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