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Posted April 26, 2017

Mid-School Sports Update

We're working on a plan to continue competitive sports next school year.

Middle school sports will look a little different next school year, but students will still be able to compete in volleyball, basketball and track and field under a plan being developed by the APS Athletics Department.

The district is working with principals, coaches and community partners on the plan that would keep competitive sports in middle schools for another year. Middle schools also will still offer PE, intramurals and programs that are funded by grants such as flag football, lunchtime basketball, archery, tennis and soccer.

The district continues to look for ways to address a budget shortfall that is projected to be as much as $26 million next school year. For athletics, that could affect equipment, uniforms, schedules and supplies. It also means finding additional revenue sources including possibly charging admission for middle school competitions, looking for event sponsors, and working with community partners and the APS Education Foundation, a non-profit organization established for promoting private support of the district and its students.

“Despite our budgetary predicament, we really want to avoid cuts that directly impact the classroom, and we realize that engagement in extracurricular activities including sports can contribute to the academic success of our students,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy.

The district received lots of community input when it included cuts to competitive middle school sports among possible cost-saving measures.

“We want to thank the community for coming forward with so many ideas and offers to help,” Reedy said. “Your input makes a difference as we continue to look at ways to cut costs and increase revenue so that students have opportunities to stay engaged in school.”

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