The DeKalb County Board of Education has decided to allow any public high school to set up a sanctioned lacrosse team, but only if the team pays most of its own way.

That means Dunwoody High School’s boys’ and girls’ intramural teams will be able to enter high school leagues.

Before the 5-2 vote, they were hindered by the school system’s refusal to sanction a sport that is not offered at all schools.

“We need to remove the obstacles so these kids can play the sport they want to play,” said school board member Nancy Jester at a May 27 board discussion.

Nancy Jester

She, along with Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson, pushed for the vote so that schools can get ready to field teams next school year. “We’re still under a waiver to play next year,” Jester pointed out.

The school system will pay for team transport and a supplement to teachers who coach the teams, but that’s it. The teams must find their own money for uniforms, equipment and other items.

The total cost to set up one boys’ team and one girls’ team in one high school is about $29,700 per year. The county’s portion of that will be a few thousand dollars under this plan, said Robert Moseley, deputy chief superintendent of school operations.

The plan is modeled after Cobb County’s, where 14 of 16 high schools field a team.

–Maggie Lee

Joe Earle

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