Schools directed to eliminate a spring sports program

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By Kellie Parkin

Acting on a directive from Superintendent Bob Hastings, every Levy County high school has eliminated one spring sport program from its schedule.

After careful review, Chiefland High eliminated the tennis program, Hastings said.

“I asked the principals to look at the least disruptive or intrusive place to cut,” Hastings said. Recreational sports that do not offer scholarship potential or have high participation were the ones most likely up for elimination.

The district hopes to save budget expenses such as electricity and lighting, transportation, and teacher/coach supplements.

“It was different for each school,” Hastings said. “For some it was a lack of sponsor that made the decision.”

It is unclear if the next school year will hold the same fate. “Things could be worse or better,” Hastings said. “Next year is a real concern, but I think all of this is just temporary for a couple of years.”

“I’m a former coach – I love sports,” Hastings added. “This is not something I want to be doing. But we have to balance the budget. It’s the most important thing right now.”