Faced with an ongoing deficit, even after millions of dollars in budget cuts, a Springfield school board member has proposed cutting more deeply into the district's athletic budget. But Bill Looby dropped the idea after a majority of the board made it clear that they would not consider any additional cuts.
Athletics are already being cut by about 15% for next school year, a reduction of around $110,000. But Looby says at a time when entire schools are being closed, and with millons of dollars in cuts still looming in future years, the board must consider deeper cuts, at least at the middle school level.
But other board members adamantly rejected the idea, saying that sports are too important as a way to motivate some young people to stay academically eligible. Looby said he would not pursue it further, but warned that the board will have no choice but to revisit the issue when it tackles the budget for the school year starting in the fall of 2014.