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Park High School seeks input on possible conference switch and efforts to make athletics more competitive

Park High School is seeking public input as it looks at ways to improve its activities and athletics, including possibly by switching high school league conferences.

The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input night" on Park athletics and activities Wednesday, Jan. 11.

All three District 833 high schools are in the Suburban East Conference, but Park athletic teams generally have struggled to compete against the larger schools in the conference. Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, who will lead the upcoming meeting, said in a statement that Park has "unique challenges" that East Ridge and Woodbury high schools may not face. He said school staff and coaches believe the district should consider "expanded opportunities" to help Park students. That could include leaving the Suburban East Conference or "providing additional resources that are needed at Park," Kuemmel said.

Kuemmel said that school officials want to get public input on "a number of issues affecting Park High school." He said the school's focus is to offer "high quality, competitive athletic programs at Park."

The session will begin at 7 p.m. in the Park lecture hall.

Check back for more on this upcoming event.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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