Okemos Athletics Could Face Cuts

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

The camaraderie that compliments school sports is a huge highlight for students, but it could be time out for some Okemos teams.

"We're looking at perhaps cutting back on some athletic sports that may be under-used," said Okemos School Board President Jeff Theuer.

Like Freshmen teams that aren't always fully fielded Theuer said.

"Sometimes we have less than enough to field a full team and we have to pull Sophomores into the Freshmen team where we can, when we have to do that on a consistent basis those are some of the teams that we may have to cut," Theuer said.

"Freshmen teams usually are the first thing s that get looked at in terms of looking at where can we cut," said John Johnson of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Johnson says it's just one of many ways districts statewide are eying athletics in tight times.

"Delaying uniform purchases, upping participation fees," Johnson said.

In fact the Okemos district could tack on an extra $ 25 on the $175 fee high school students already pay.

"We don't want to do that, we're looking for ways to do that in ways that will be equitable," Theuer said.

The Okemos Superintendent says about 50 percent of students participate in High School sports in Okemos, but athletics cost the districts only about 1 percent of their budget -- Theuer worries it could cause parents to leave the district.

"We're always worried about that and we're going to try our best to make sure that the things that we do well; we're going to continue to do well to make our school attractive," Theuer said.

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