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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