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Minnesota State High School League takes urgent steps to address fall sports, budget woes


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BOLD Warriors halfback Blake Plass during last year's Class 1A Prep Bowl

The Minnesota State High School League took two urgent steps Tuesday to address extraordinary challenges that threaten the 2020-21 sports year for tens of thousands of state athletes.

The league's board of directors established a task force to implement return-to-play scenarios to match what likely are three options for the 2020-21 school year under consideration by Gov. Tim Walz and education leaders: A return to full classroom use, a continuation of distance-learning started in the spring, or a hybrid that uses both approaches. Last spring all school activities were canceled when school buildings closed in favor of distance learning.

The board approved a second task force to significantly overhaul what board treasurer Tom Jerome called "an unsustainable and in some ways archaic" approach to funding the $9 million organization. The shift is expected to push for the league's nearly 500 member schools to contribute more financially and reduce the reliance on state tournaments, which currently generate about 80 percent of the league's revenue.


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