Athletics cuts are coming to the cash-strapped Christina School District, but the full extent remains unknown following a district school board meeting Tuesday night at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School.
Bob Silber, the Christina School District’s Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer, introduced a preliminary budget for the 2015-2016 school year he hoped addressed an estimated $8.5 million shortfall.
Junior varsity and freshman programs at the district’s three high schools–Newark, Christiana, and Glasgow–were believed to be on the chopping block, but none were specifically listed on the line-item in Silber’s proposal.
The district may cut athletic transportation to save $83,000, but those cuts don’t necessarily signal the end of programs. They could affect the “activity buses” that take athletes and other students home after games and practices–programs that end later than the finish of the traditional school day. One option included the possibility of fewer buses running more routes, while maximizing the number of students on each route.
JV teams aren’t out of the woods, either. One proposal called for an end to “extra pay for extra responsibility,” (EPER) which is how coaches for sports and extracurricular activities are paid. Christina plans to slice that budget by more than 40 percent to $629,000, down from $912,000.
Wouldn’t no-pay for extra responsibility be warranted. It seems every-time there is a call for more money its for the kids! PTA parents work for free, community sports leagues work for free and even school board members work for free. Isn’t is about time labor cut the kids a break and just forgo EPER? Perhaps we can get some community volunteers to do some coaching!
Folks the reality is, across the nation public schools are facing budget concerns. Sports might become a thing of the past.
You know if we want to complete in the global economy we might want to see how China handles sports
HARBIN, China – An enormous red-and-gold banner stretches down the gray masonry front of the No. 19 High School in this northern Chinese city, proclaiming its proudest achievement: Ninety-two percent of this year’s graduates won admission to universities.
Like most Chinese high schools, No. 19 has no sports teams and no gymnasium. On the pavement outside, there are a handful of basketball hoops and a set of rusty metal parallel bars. The playground was completely empty on a recent summer afternoon.
“The cool kids are the ones who do best at their studies,” says Niu Shibin, 18. Mr. Niu, who will be a junior in September, says he likes to play basketball, but his nearly 12 hours a day of school work leave him little time.
China’s elite young athletes may be winning a lot of medals at the Olympics. But in China, organized sports still aren’t really something for regular kids.