On Monday, the School Committee approved the extended suspension of all interscholastic athletic programming and traditionally offered winter sports to align with the extension of the district's current all-remote education model.
On Monday, Athletic Director Lindsey von Holtz proposed a plan to the School Committee for four competitive varsity teams in the upcoming season: boys and girls basketball and boys and girls cross country skiing.
After meeting in executive session for more than 2 1/2 hours, the seven-member panel returned to open session to inform the audience viewing its virtual meeting that it would not, as planned, be taking a vote on a memorandum of agreement with the Mount Greylock Educators Association.
Pope Francis is looking to form just the second co-operative girls hockey team in Western Mass. The other is hosted by Longmeadow, which in 2018-19 went 13-3, advancing all the way to the state semi-finals before losing to eventual state champ Methuen/Tewksbury.
Although the idea of an artificial turf field is not particularly new for the district, it has generated widespread interest in the community in the months since the School Committee authorized the initial RFP in the spring.