I saw this story out of the Merc today about the East Side Union High School superintendent’s plan for a budget cutting out all high school sports.
I think it’s unlikely to happen, and may be an attempt to drum up some outside funding for athletics, but it would certainly be quite a blow. This is my district — I went to Santa Teresa for high school — and the thought of not having sports seems like it would kill school morale, espeically at schools like Oak Grove, with a powerhouse football team.
Interestingly, this would have no effect on the sport I played in high school, roller hockey, because we weren’t an “official sport,” but a club. It was a pain when I was there — they refused to broadcast our games on the morning announcements — but it may turn out to be a good thing. I’ll certainly be following this story, and I wonder if more districts will be saying the same thing soon.