By Dick Berry - email
Posted by Dave Dykema - email
SYLVANIA, OH (WTOL) - Facing an almost $6 million deficit, the Sylvania Board of Education has tough decisions ahead. Already planned is the elimination of 82 full time teaching positions and 30 support staff.
But it also could cost more to play sports.
Pay-to-play in Sylvania Schools now costs $125 for as many teams a student athlete wishes to join.
Under a proposal from the administration, the price would jump to $200 for each individual sport.
Chuck Small, a Sylvania parent, thinks it's still a bargain. "I would say with the demographics here, I don't think that's an issue."
Small's daughter played basketball for four years. A son is now on the baseball team while another daughter enters the basketball program next year.
"It's a good program, great coaching. For $200, I'd pay that any day of the week for what they get out of it," Small said.
But Northview Athletic Director Chris Irwin worries economics may force student athletes to make a tough choice.
"Maybe a three sport athlete may go down to two, or a two sport competitor to one sport," Irwin said.
Another potential change in the athletic department to save money is eliminating some assistant coaching positions.
There's also talk of cutting round trip transportation for athletes. The district would bus the kids to events but they'd have to find their way back home.
"We're fortunate here at Northview that we have a great following of whatever sport it is, parents come out to support kids, their kids, other kids. So I don't think that's a huge issue," Irwin said.
No final decision has been made at to where to cut the deficit. Everything remains on the table. School board members may even ask district employees to take pay cuts to save jobs.
But Small thinks the pay-to-play increase shouldn't be an issue. "For $200 a year, it's a steal."
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