At Broadalbin-Perth, approximately 744 students participate in 15 interscholastic athletic programs. Beginning in middle school, students have the opportunity to play on modified teams where they develop skills and learn sportsmanship. As they get older, students can participate on junior varsity and varsity teams.
Coaches of Broadalbin-Perth sports teams are also members of the district’s faculty, making the playing field an extension of the classroom. Character education is a key focus for student-athletes, who are also coached to develop habits consistent with solid academic behavior.
Costs associated with running each sports program vary widely (see below), but the district has already made efforts in the past two years to save money by reducing the number of away contests and modifying travel plans. Additional savings can be realized three ways: reducing funding to all programs, eliminating a level of competition, or eliminating one or more sports programs.
Should the Board of Education consider making cuts to Broadalbin-Perth’s athletics program? If so, what cuts should they consider – a flat percentage cut to all programs (i.e., 10%); elimination of a level of competition (i.e., all modified teams); or elimination of one or more sports programs (i.e., bowling, volleyball)?
- Broadalbin-Perth’s sports programs can be divided into three categories: high-cost, medium-cost, and low-cost:
- The district’s only high-cost program is football, which costs the district approximately $36,300 each year for coaches salaries, equipment, travel and officials fees.
- Medium-cost sports include baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls track, and wrestling. For example, the baseball program costs the district approximately $16,100 for coaches salaries, equipment, travel and officials fees.
- Low-cost sports include bowling, boys and girls cross country, and golf. For example, the golf program costs the district approximately $4,000 for the coach’s salaries, travel and facility use. Students in these programs are responsible for providing their own equipment.
- The cost of running the district’s modified sports program is approximately $64,000 this year.
- Broadalbin-Perth generates a small amount of revenue from its athletics program through ticket sales and renting its athletic facilities to outside organizations for their use.