Academic Decathlon team loses advisors, future looks bleak

— The loss of the advisors has hit the team already in that supplies — typically ordered and received during the summer — have not yet been ordered for the upcoming school year. And unless an advisor is found, there is no need to order supplies because without a faculty member in charge there can be no team.

Dubik said the posting for a new team advisor will be up for 10 days at the high school, expiring on Friday, July 19. If no one volunteers, the district may be able to allow an advisor to be someone from outside the school, such as a parent, but the permissibility of that is unclear and the district is currently investigating its viability, Dubik said.

“Once we determine if there’s an advisor, then the board has to address what they want to do,” Dubik said. “There’s no budget for potential travel, and that’s the issue: fundraising.”

Even if a new advisor steps forward, the path to another nationally-ranked AD team in Cazenovia remains a murky possibility.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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