Education should come before sports

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Today I wrote a check to the district for my student’s costs to attend an open-heart surgery – an unbelievable opportunity for any student’s educational experience. The district hasn’t paid for educational field trips for years, and yet most parents consider their student’s exposure to outside learning worth paying out of pocket.


During the PTHS February board meeting, however, I was stunned to see that during the month of March, the school board voted to spend more than $8,000 on a small group of students to attend sport championships – that’s $8,000 from our budget for just one month. I am delighted that students have excelled in extra curricular sports, but does anyone else see the irony that we have eliminated educational experiences outside of the classroom, but are still spending great amounts sending students to sports competitions?


Most of our school buildings are in dire need of repair and/or expansion, but yet we chose to spend our money on a $2.5 million state of the art soccer field. Does anyone see the irony in that?


Sports are a wonderful recreational outlet for our students and I support our district’s teams. However, we have trimmed costs to the bare bones for our children’s education. Why are we continuing to spend on after school sports, when we don’t have the budget for our teachers and classrooms?


I guess the answer is priorities.


Laura Norton


McMurray



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Published Mar 6, 2013 at 11:07 am (Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 11:07 am)

Education should come before sports

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