SAYRE, P.A. (WENY) - The Sayre Area School District school board passed a motion on Thursday night to propose a football co-op with Athens and a collaboration between the schools' band and cheer squads. 

The agreement was reached during a special meeting that was held in response to Wednesday's email from Sayre's athletic director, Barry Claypool, who said the school will only field junior varsity and junior high school football teams in the fall due to a lack of enrollment. 

According to PIAA rules, both the JV and Varsity teams must be part of a co-op, even though Sayre has enough players to field a JV team. Part of the proposal included that the band and cheer squads at each school work together to perform at football games. The two groups would not be co-opted because each program functions differently within the curriculum of the schools.

Parents pitched ideas for the collaboration, such as making the halftime longer so that each band has time to perform. However, some parents expressed concerns about a co-op. The primary issue was transportation to and from practice for underclassmen without cars. 

The Athens school board is to have a meeting in the upcoming weeks to respond to Sayre's proposal.