March 8th, 2012 by Alica
The Brandon Valley School Board has decided that soccer should remain a club sport for at least another year. Board members said the district can’t afford to pay for school-sponsored soccer right now. Activities Director Randy Marso said it would cost the district $40,000 annually to sponsor high school soccer for boys and girls. That’s more than the Brandon Area Soccer Association pays for the program. However, right now, a lot of the cost is born by the families.
If the sport were school sponsored, for example, the district would pay to bus the kids to away games. Parents transport the kids right now. Of course, the district gets its money from the taxpayers, so families of soccer kids still would be paying, in a roundabout way. But families without kids in soccer would be paying too.
Do you agree with the board’s decision? Why or why not?