The Collins-Maxwell/Baxter athletic sharing program originated in 1988 with football and wrestling and has grown to include all major sports, both high school and middle school, offered by either district.
Rationale for Sharing
During the 1986-87 school year the Collins-Maxwell and Baxter school boards met to discuss mutual concerns regarding their respective athletic programs. The main issues driving the meetings were the continued evolution of surrounding school districts caused by whole–grade sharing and/or district reorganizations into schools with much larger enrollments placed Collins-Maxwell and Baxter student-athletes at an increasing competitive disadvantage. Simultaneously, this evolution caused continued restructuring of the athletic conferences of which both districts were members (TaMaJa to Mid-Iowa, to Mid Iowa II). In each case, the relative sizes of the school districts with which to compete became larger.
At the same time, when compared with other area/conference schools, both districts were fielding football teams with relatively low numbers which necessitated placing younger, inexperienced, and undersized student athletes in varsity competition. The obvious safety concerns created by this situation were shared by parents, coaches, administration, and school board members of both districts.
In summary, while the district enrollments and participation rates of Collins-Maxwell and Baxter were relatively stable, the interscholastic "world” surrounding them was dramatically changing, creating a situation where both school boards believed that they were not providing safe or fair opportunities for their respective athletes. It was also understood that while no sharing relationship would be perfect, this relationship would best address the fairness and safety concerns and, at the same time, have the potential to provide expanded opportunities for student athletes.
CMB HS Participation (2014-2015) - Excel document
CMS MS Participation (2014-2015) - Excel document
CMB Historical Participation - Excel document
Collins-Maxwell board letter about CMB Sharing - mailed to community stakeholders on 2/11/15