Gettysburg finds savings in athletic program budget

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Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 11:13 pm

The Gettysburg Area School Board approved three athletic-related motions at Monday evening’s meeting totaling a savings of roughly $28,300. Two of the motions received unanimous approval.

The board unanimously approved the request to form an agreement between the district and WellSpan Health, effective Aug. 1, stating that WellSpan will provide the services of one full and one part-time National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification athletic trainer.

GASD Business Manager Brad Hunt estimated the savings in the outsourcing of the high school’s athletic training program to be “a little more than $16,000.”

The board also unanimously approved the elimination of its seventh-grade football and cheerleading programs, which will be taken over by the Keystone Youth Football League.

GASD Athletic Director Carlos Wampler pegged the district’s savings from the outsourcing of the seventh-grade football program to be between $8,000-$10,000, which consists of two coaches, officials and chain crews for home games, transportation and equipment costs as well as one security person per game and field preparation for each game.

“Every school in the Mid-Penn Conference our varsity team plays has a KYFL midget program,” said Wampler. “It’s time this community brings its midget program closer with the district’s program.”

Wampler added that eliminating GASD’s seventh-grade football program will create “a true feeder program,” for the varsity team that he believes will become a more unified program down the road.

For cheerleading, Wampler said that seventh graders will not be able to cheer for the eighth grade football team, but will instead have the opportunity to cheer at the midget level.

The third motion that was approved, which was done so with an 8-1 vote from the board, eliminated the ninth- grade girls and boys soccer programs.

Instead of having a ninth-grade boys and girls team, Wampler said the seventh and eighth-grade levels will have two teams for both genders and ninth graders will play in the high school’s varsity and junior varsity program.

Board member Sally Michael was the lone vote in opposition of the move Wampler estimated to tally a cost savings of $3,300.

“It’s how other schools run it. It will allow more students to play soccer,” Wampler said. “We had three freshman girls on the varsity team this year.”

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  • Enigo Montoya posted at 10:14 pm on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Enigo Montoya Posts: 1

    Wow, congrats on saving a whopping $16k on athletic training services! What is that? Something like .001% of the budget? Meanwhile you put a loyal, valued employee out of a job! Way to go Gettysburg! I sure everyone wants to work for such a good employer. Not many people at a school district put in more hours, more nights or more weekends than the trainer and this is how you repay their hard work? Wow, just wow!

  • ROCK 32 posted at 6:15 pm on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    ROCK 32 Posts: 173

    If the teachers would have taken a PAY FREEZE like a majority of the teachers in this county did the concerns of playing football in the Midget football league would not need to be worried about. There is nothing wrong with the Midget football league many of great players in this county has come out of it. The PARENTS are the ones that need to watch the report cards, but I'm sure the coaches are on top of that also. Its a volunteer organization I'm sure they would welcome your expertise into how it is to run why not go out and help!

  • bcicare posted at 10:51 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    bcicare Posts: 1

    Hmmm, not sure what to say about this. Good thing is they are cutting costs....but what I'm afraid to know is what are all the little details. KYFL is a league yes, but what this artical fails to say is the boys and girls will be now playing for Gettysburg Midget Football.......that in itself could be a downfall. The GMF is under new "management" shall we say this year and prices have gone up, donations are now being asked for and I'm sure thats not the end of it. I wonder how grades will be kept track of for those in the 7th grade and who will enforce that rule of poor grades equals no play? I'm worried about these young children who enjoy the sport of football and cheerleading....this organization doesn't have the best reputation from the past few years. They have already "flubbed" up once this year with their registration day....I can only pray for the children's sake and the sake of the parent's checkbooks, this works out to benefit everyone.

  • Wingnut posted at 6:22 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Wingnut Posts: 10

    How does eliminating 1 football team expenses and adding 4 soccer teams' expenses save the district money? What's the new cost for soccer?

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