What? No high school athletics?
Times are tough for everyone these days, but that’s exactly what Superintendent Bob Nunez is proposing for the East Side Union High School District. According to Nunez, the expected cuts in current funding levels will force the district to choose between academics and athletics. Current funding levels could allow athletics to continue, but the state’s guaranteed to cut the budget even further.
Why is this happening now? The state is strong-arming our schools to show how they will balance their budgets by mid-December… it’s kind of like the kettle calling the cauldron black, if you ask me.
The ESUHSD isn’t alone in figuring out how to address today’s budgetary crisis. I hope that Bob Nunez’s proposal doesn’t become a trend. The difficulty is that schools have been facing diminishing funding over the years, so cutting any more starts cutting into non-academic programs as well as the quality of education.
As a former high school non-jock, I didn’t understand the importance of athletics. Fast forward to 2008, where I’ve seen the positive effects of high school athletics. Admitedly, my child will be one of the kids affected if this proposal becomes reality, but while my child earns good grades regardless of sports, there are a great number of kids who’s grades are lifted because of eligibility requirements. In some cases, these kids see athletics as the light at the end of the tunnel in many ways. Some see it as the highlight of their day, while others see it as a way of earning their way into college through the virtue of grades and sports. To take this away is simply unfair to these kids and their future.
Help prevent the loss of the East Side Union High School District’s athletic program by voicing your support either on the comment board on this site, or by attending tonight’s special board meeting at the ESUHSD Board Room at:
Special Board Meeting: December 11, 2008 at 6pm
East Side Union High School District
830 N. Capitol Avenue
San Jose, California 95133