WARREN, NJThe Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education had a lively discussion at Tuesday's meeting spurred by community perception of favoritism regarding the sending districts' feeder sports programs.

Board president Bob Morrison said that he wanted to address the issue because of some misunderstanding he was made aware of in the Watchung Hills community. 

Morrison said that he felt that the issue - that the school district officially supports all youth sports programs and doesn't favor one over another- needed to be clarified for the record.

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Board member Glenn Mastrobattista said that the school needs to make sure that staff and coaches have a clear message when communicating with the public.

Morrison commended WHRHS Director of Athletics Chris Van Vliet and Vice Principal Terry McConnell for getting all parties to ,"play nice in the sandbox." 

Confusion started after the Watchung Hills Junior Warrior program launched a new tackle program named Middle School Football for children in grades 5 through 8 and a Flag Program named NFL Flag for children in grades 2 through 9 all under the new name Watchung Hills Warriors.  Some communication was circulated that indicated that the new group would be staffed by the WHRHS football coaches in an effort to consolidate everyone into a single program.

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Meanwhile, registration is open for the Watchung Hills Pop Warner football and cheer programs "open to all children ages 5-15 of Warren, Watchung, Long Hill and the surrounding areas." According to the website,http://whpw.org/app/index/list/?org=WHPW.ORG WHPW is 100% nonprofit and entering its 45th year.

Van Vliet said, "Our athletic department supports all youth sports programs and doesn't favor one over another."