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Barbour County Parents Discuss Options to Save Middle School Sports if Necessary
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 11, 2013 @ 8:37AM
Created on January 11, 2013 @ 10:43PM
A group of Barbour County parents are concerned that middle schools sports in the county could be eliminated due to budget cuts. They met Thursday evening at the Belington Fire Department to talk about ideas to help fund the extra-curricular activities should the school board decide to make those cuts.
 
Superintendent Joe Super told 5 News on Wednesday that he plans on making his recommendations for cuts at Monday's board of education meeting, but he didn't confirm that middle school sports would be among the cuts.
 
Several ideas were discussed at Thursday's parents' meeting, including pay for play, starting an alumni fund, church and civic donations.
 
Parents said they're encouraged by the meeting, and they hope to find a way to continue sports programs at the county's three middle schools in Philippi, Belington and Kasson.
 
"The disadvantage is if you cut them,  what are the kids going to do, and how is it going to impact the community as a whole? It's not just Belington, it's the entire county," said Dion Wagoner of Barbour County.
 
"One of the things that we're trying to do is just to make sure that we have a plan. Like they were saying during the meeting, not everything is planned out yet, not everybody knows exactly what's happening, this is just something that's being considered, and it's important to us that our  kids have extra-curricular activities," said Eddy Poling, a concerned parent.
 
Superintendent Super released a statement to 5 News on Wednesday concerning the issue. "Personell issues are personnell issues and can't be discussed until it's in front of the board, but I welcome community input. I have no desire to eliminate any positions or programs, but I have to look at the totality of the school system, and the board has to take into consideration my suggestions. But I've welcomed community input. In fact, I've asked for it repeatedly," he said.
 
The BOE meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the BOE building.

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