Oswego (N.Y.) district proposes cutting football, other sports because of budget shortfall

Oswego (N.Y.) district proposes cutting football, other sports because of budget shortfall

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Oswego (N.Y.) district proposes cutting football, other sports because of budget shortfall

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A budget proposal for the Oswego City School District in Central New York called for the elimination of all modified level sports and cuts some JV and varsity sports, including football, according to Syracuse.com.

Dean Goewey, the school superintendent, said the district is facing a $5 million budget gap. Among non-sports related cuts are the proposed elimination of 51 positions or 10 percent of the district’s workforce.

The district used $3 million in reserves and a 10 percent tax increase to balance the 2015-16 budget but will cut spending to balance the budget for 2016-17, Goewey told Syracuse.com.

According to syracuse.com, the total savings in athletics would be $364,474, including coaches salaries, officials, transportation, equipment and fees.

The proposed breakdown by sports:

  • Varsity and Junior Varsity Football: $59,270
  • Football cheerleaders: $20,253
  • Freshman basketball: $8,491
  • Girls Varsity Hockey: $25,620
  • Varsity Wrestling: $24,034
  • Girl’s Junior Varsity Tennis: $5,960
  • Indoor Track (Girls & Boys): $20,831
  • All Modified Sports: $190,015
  • Equipment: $10,000

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