Author: Colin Flanders & Courtney Lamdin

Broncos plead case for school takeover

After an hourlong discussion Monday night, the Milton School Board postponed a decision on whether the school district will take ownership of two Milton Broncos youth football teams. Interim athletic director Trevor Wagar made the case, bookending his presentation with a request the board “not ask us why” to support the proposal “but why not.” The Broncos approached the school board after reaching consensus to relinquish the 5/6 and 7/8 teams to the school district. The move would transition the tackle programs to padded flag and would follow Vermont Principals’ Association rules and regulations. The proposal stemmed from parents’...

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Broncos look to dissolve tackle program

The Milton Broncos youth football program will ask the Milton Town School District to adopt its two tackle teams this fall, leaving just the youngest grade flag teams under its purview. Such was the consensus of parents and leadership present at a team meeting last Thursday in the Milton Middle School cafeteria. If approved, the teams would convert from tackle to flag, a trend Broncos vice president Rodney Tinker said is inevitable as more parents worry about kids getting concussions from playing football. “We can set the bar for the rest of the state,” he said. Interim athletic director...

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Bucking the Broncos

A longstanding Milton youth sports program has lost its nonprofit status after struggling in recent years to overcome a reputation of dysfunctional leadership. Records from the Internal Revenue Service show the Milton Broncos youth football program’s 501c3 status was revoked last year after Broncos president Matt King failed to submit required financial disclosures for three consecutive years. Those forms, known as 990s, allow the IRS and the public to scrutinize a nonprofit’s operations, including its finances, in lieu of paying federal taxes. The Broncos have also failed to file biennial reports with the Vermont Secretary of State for years,...

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