Sports reinstated at Benson High School

A Benson vs Jefferson high school game in 2012 (KOIN 6 News, file)
A Benson vs Jefferson high school game in 2012 (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sports are back at Benson High School.

Weeks after the Portland Interscholastic League excluded Benson from their Fall 2014 athletic schedules, the decision to yank the programs from the focus school was reversed.

In an email obtained by KOIN 6 News, Curtis Wilson Jr. from the Portland Public Schools wrote, “All sports and schedules for next year will go back to normal and we will begin the conversations for future athletics for 2015-16 and beyond.”

Wilson said the district sent him a press release that will be sent to parents and community members soon.

On Feb. 24, Portland District Athletic Director Marshall Haskins told KOIN 6 News the process the district is going through now is trying to redirect limited athletic department resources in the district to places where programs will be sustained going forward.

In the Thursday email thread, Wilson wrote, “For next year all is in place and we will now discuss the future of athletics with Marshall and the district on a community forum that will allow everyone to collaborate on this issue.”

Though the decision to reinstate the athletic programs at Benson is official, many feel the school often finds itself the target of changes and is often left in the dark when it happens.

No one with the Portland Public Schools was available to speak on-camera with KOIN 6 News, but in an email district said: “The district will hold community meetings with each school and take feedback. We will make sure that we’re following the state’s PIL rules and regulations and a formal recommendation will be made to the school board, which makes the final decision.”

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