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North Syracuse HS Budget Cuts 25 Coaches, 8 Teams

July 2, 2013 / GolfLacrosseVolleyballWrestling
Syracuse.com

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/06/north_syracuses_amended_budget.html

The North Syracuse (N.Y.) Central School District’s amended budget for the 2013-14 school year cuts 25 coaches and eliminates eight teams.

The cuts will eliminate the junior varsity girls and boys tennis teams, one modified football team, one modified boy’s basketball team, one modified girl’s basketball team, one modified volleyball team, one modified softball team and a varsity golf team.

None of the cuts eliminate any programs completely, but fewer teams will mean fewer students will be able to participate in sports.

“Modified sports is where students learn the sports and it’s where they learn what sports they like,” said Kerry Bennett, a former longtime varsity softball coach for Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

North Syracuse is the second largest school district in Onondaga County and the district has a decorated sports program.

The Northstars softball team, which won their fourth straight Section III championship, is currently competing for the Class AA state title. The teams plays this afternoon. The girls’ basketball team won back-to-back Class AA state championships in 2011 and 2012. The team reached the state semifinals this past season.

Both the feeder programs for these varsity teams were cut in the amended budget. Reducing the number of modified teams in each sport from three to two.

Bennett said the modified program allows students to explore their talents and helps varsity coaches spot standout players. Modified teams also give more students the opportunity to participate in sports.

“You may have to make cuts on modified teams now,” Bennett said. “It’s not right.”

The district reduced athletic supplies by $40,000, pool rental by $4,800 and officiating costs by $7,200.

The following cuts to teams and coaches were approved by the board of education:

One modified football team (Two modified teams remain.)
One modified boys’ basketball team (Two modified teams remain.)
One modified girl’s basketball team (Two modified teams remain.)
One junior varsity girls’ tennis team (Players to play on varsity or as exhibition players.)
One junior varsity boys’ tennis team (Players to play on varsity or as exhibition players.)
One varsity golf team (There will be one team)
One modified girls’ volleyball team (Two modified teams remain)
One modified softball team (Two modified teams remain)

One modified boys’ basketball coach

One modified girls’ basketball coach
One modified football coach
One modified assistant football coach
One modified assistant wrestling coach
One modified softball coach
One modified x-country coach
One modified girls’ volleyball coach
One modified assistant boys’ track coach
One modified assistant girls’ track coach
One junior varsity girls’ tennis coach
One junior varsity boys’ tennis coach
One junior varsity assistant girls’ lacrosse coach
One junior varsity assistant boys’ lacrosse coach
One varsity assistant boys’ track coach
One varsity assistant girls’ track coach
One varsity assistant football coach
One varsity assistant girls’ swim coach
One varsity assistant x-country coach
One varsity assistant boys’ swim coach
One varsity assistant girls’ swim coach
One varsity boys’ golf coach
One varsity girls’ golf coach
One assistant boys’ indoor track coach
One assistant girls’ indoor track coach


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