By Alan Sorensen
by Alan Sorensen
The Havre Daily News
Tuesday, May 11
Four or more Chinook girls and maybe even some Chinook boys could be wearing the blue and white of the Havre Blue Pony swimming team next year.
The Havre Public Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved Monday night a request by Chinook Public Schools officials to co-op Chinook students into the Havre program. The move contains no extra costs for the Havre district and provides the Chinook students with yet another wintertime extra-curricular activity.
The deal will require Chinook to pay annual Montana High School Association dues of $225 if only girls compete and $450 if both boys and girls sign up.
Havre Activities Director Charlie Klimas provided the trustees with a list of per swimmer expenses the district lays out in a year. Based on the travel expenses, motel costs, and daily meal allowances, Klimas recommended that the district charge each Chinook student $250 to join the program. That money would be used to transport, house and feed them during away meets.
Chinook Superintendent Jay Eslick and CHS Principal Walt Acra were on hand when the vote was taken and told the Havre School Board that they were pleased with the decision.
Were just excited about the possibility of getting our kids the opportunity, Acra said.
The Chinook students will have to provide their own transportation to and from the morning and afternoon swim team practices in Havre.