The USD 481 Board of Education voted 6-1 to combine the athletic departments of its two schools, Hope and White City, after a public meeting Jan. 23. The schools already are combined under one superintendent in the Rural Vista school district.
According to Hope Principal Mike Teeter, the two schools will maintain separate football schedules next year, but junior high and high school volleyball and basketball will be combined under the name Rural Vista. Football will be combined the following year.
“A lot of details still have to be worked out,” Teeter said.
Hope and White City are members of the Wheat State League along with Centre, Goessel, Peabody-Burns, Elyria Christian, Solomon, Little River, and Wakefield.