Carthage Sports Fans Hear Good News At Board Meeting
Members of the community sent an SOS to the Carthage school board Monday night -- Save Our Sports!
Carthage boys lacrosse coach Kirk Ventiquattro has been dealing with budget cuts for the past two years.
The program that produced student stars like the Powells and the Coffmans lost a coaching position and funding for games.
Ventiquattro says the cuts hurt.
"Right now, we're spending our time raising funds to be able to keep the program where it was three and four years ago and we're not taking those additional opportunities for the kids," Ventiquattro said.
Ventiquattro isn't alone. The school's athletic director says roughly 25 percent of the athletic budget was cut in the past two years.
The Carthage community packed a board of education meeting Monday night to ask the board of education to stop the cuts.
What they heard was good news.
"They were coming tonight because they felt that there were going to be these alleged huge cuts in the athletic program," said Superintendent Peter Turner, "and at this point there are no huge cuts proposed in the athletic program."
That doesn't mean there's nothing to fear, Turner said.
The federal budget cuts known as sequestration could force the district to cut some programs.
"We are looking at potentially over $100,00 that might hit us in this current school year," Turner said.
It the federal cuts don't take hold, school officials said, three activities that were cut -- cross country, golf and cheerleading -- could be restored.
Officials say they'll know more when the 2013-14 budget is released in the spring.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, Watertown, NY
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