MHSAA Fears Cuts To Prep Sports

"Here we go again."

Jack Roberts has see this movie before. You know, the one where school funding gets cut and districts start panicking about where to trim their budgets and then take a good long look at sports.

Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal could be the end for some schools sports programs if it gets passes as is.

"I think the more that we chop away at school sports, the more we make them like non-school sports-- parents have to pay, coaches come from the outside, transportation isn't provided," said Roberts who is the head of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. "And if schools are inclined to cut programs all together they will lose an important tool for attracting students."

Some districts have already cut athletic directors, middle school and freshman teams and many have forced students to pay to play sports.

Roberts says districts that actually reduce their pay to play fees rather than increase them-- might be the smart ones.

"There are some-- I think-- shrewd school business people and administrators, who know this is a time for competition between districts to attract students, because that's what funds schools," he said. "If they do not have participation fees and all the surrounding districts do, you just look healthier, you look attractive."

That said-- Roberts isn't convinced this $470 dollar per-pupil cut will be what's handed to schools when the budget is finished.


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