The Rock Island-Milan School District is $5.1 MILLION in the hole and the athletic department has been asked to cut 10%—$80,000.
The althletic director is proposing cutting cheerleading, and boys and girls swimming, tennis, cross country and golf programs, affecting about 203 students.
The resulting firestorm of protests would make you think the school was forcing students to say The Lord’s Prayer before class.
The Hare-Dispatch decided against any sort of balanced reporting on this and instead went for comments by those who had participated in the past, had children, grandchildren, etc. in the various athletic programs. You would think the collapse of civilization was imminent if young Biff couldn’t play on the school golf team.
There never seems to be this sort of outcry at the low graduation rates or about anything that matters, but try to cut music, arts and/or sports and there’s hell to pay!