Texas school system cancels sports to use funds for academics

The Premont ISD announced that it is cancelling its sports programs to save money and focus on academics, a move that will divert a reported $100,000 that will be used to fund two required new science labs, some needed repairs, and potentially be used to recruit highly qualified instructors, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

“Our urgent situation requires swift and drastic action,” Superintendent Ernest Singleton told the Caller Times. After an agreement between the state and school trustees last week that kept the system open, he warned that he would make tough and unpopular choices to meet the education agencies demands.

The ban, which will begin after the end of basketball season and continue through the fall season (winter sports next year are not currently in the plans to be cut), will not effect other extra-curricular activities, such as art. This means sports such as baseball, track and field, tennis and football will all be effected.

“When the board made the decision to sign the amended agreement, we knew there would be unpopular consequences to help us achieve what we agreed upon with TEA,” board Chairwoman Carmela Garcia said. “However, in order to have two complete science labs by August the first, the superintendent had no choice but to cancel remaining sports for the spring of 2012 and the fall of 2012.”

Read the full story at the Caller Times.

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