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Milford School Board Voting on Whether to Cut Athletic Programs

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MILFORD, Del.- It’s been three months since residents in Milford voted down a referendum to bring more money to the school district. The school board will vote Monday on a new budget for next year, which could cut some athletic programs in the district.

School Board officials say they could possibly cut swimming, winter track and competitive cheerleading.

Kayla Garnick is going to be a sophomore at Milford High School in the fall. If the proposed cuts are approved, she might not be able to compete.

“If it were to get cut I don’t really think it would be fair,” said Garnick. “Other sports get more money than we do and we don’t get what they get.”

Some Milford residents don’t agree with the possibility of some athletic programs being cut.

"It would be sad,” said Milford resident, Claire Parker. “I'm sure they can find other ways to cut in the budget rather than deprive a child who can't afford or a family can't afford sports."

Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Kohel says she understands the concerns. But changes must be made.

"These are hard times for the district just as they are with the public or the individual parent,” said Kohel.

She says the board felt the district could do without these three programs.

"With the exception of swim they've only looked at areas where students would have the opportunity to still participate in the kind of sport that they've chosen it just may not be winter track or competition cheerleading,” said Kohel.

But for student athletes like Garnick, not cheering would leave a hole in her life.

"Not being able to go to practice 3 times a week and practice early on Saturday mornings and waking up to go to the competitions on Sundays wouldn't feel the same,” said Garnick.

 

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