Biddeford OKs switch to Class B in football
The Biddeford School Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of moving Biddeford High football from Class A to Class B competition.
The school department will now petition the Maine Principals’ Association’s Management Committee to allow the football team to compete in Class B beginning in 2015.
District officials say the move is necessary because of Biddeford’s declining enrollment. The high school has 775 students, 100 below the Class A cutoff.
School officials said there have been more injuries because there are fewer athletes to play and that Biddeford belongs in Class B with schools of similar size.
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– From staff and news services