Sports rumor, sports reality

B y Matthew Rice

At the Monday night board of education meeting resident Greg Bourn addressed the board during public comments voicing concern regarding the sports programs and possible drastic cuts. A handful of concerned parents braved the inclement weather because they have heard rumors regarding the district’s plans for high school sports.

Board member Pam Tatko summed up the rumors she said she assumed he came to address.

“What the town has heard is we’re considering cutting all of the sports programs,” Tatko said adding no discussion of such a move had ever taken place. Bourn did not comment on Tatko’s summation of the issue.

The group was encouraged to stay by Superintendent Mark Bessen to hear athletic director Mike Macura present the sports portion of the budget later in the meeting.

Macura said proposed cuts to sports will include the dissolving of some junior varsity and/or modified teams for sports based on participation numbers. Most of the cuts to the athletics portion of the budget will be made by reducing or eliminating equipment and supply purchases, he said.

The junior varsity girls and boys soccer teams and modified volleyball ‘B’ team are likely casualties, as well as fall sports with low participation numbers.

Players will be disbursed to modified or varsity-level teams in the case of dissolved junior varsity teams and in the case of volleyball the two teams, A and B, will be combined into one. Other team combinations and reductions will take place, officials said.

Macura said he has been talking with other athletic directors in the Wasaren League and in neighboring districts to keep pace with what they also plan to do.

“This is not an easy process and it’s certainly not fun to do but we have to do something towards the district’s economic situation,” Macura said. 

 

 

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Weekender – 03/27/15

Northshire Freepress – 03/27/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 03/27/15

North Country Freepress – 03/27/15

Classifieds 03/25/14

Search for Sasquatch resumes, forty years later

Statue 2

By Dan King It’s been 40 years since the first reported Sasquatch sighting in Whitehall and now the quest to […]

Apathy leaves trustee seat vacant

Candidate pic Ken Bartholomew

By Dan King Whitehall’s mayor-elect, Ken Bartholomew was hoping someone would emerge to take his old trustee position, but that […]

Jane O’Shea resigns, cites issues with board

Jane O'Shea BW

By Derek Liebig A Granville principal is resigning at the end of the school year because of a disagreement over […]

Whitehall Elks honor three for service

New Elks officers are sworn into office

By Dan King Ken McKee, an old Whitehall Elk, used to tell his kids that the acronym BPOE stood for […]

Reelected, incumbents face challenges

By Derek Liebig Members of the Granville Village Board will be together for at least two more years. Incumbents Dean […]

Keough to plant community garden

Jensen Keough

By Dan King A Whitehall High School student has come up with a creative way to support local charity and […]

Whitehall school officials want bobsled club back

By Dan King Until this year, Whitehall High School was the only school in the country with a bobsled club, […]