Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 25, 2013 @ 11:43PM
Created on February 25, 2013 @ 11:22PM
The Barbour County Board of Education voted 3-2 Monday to eliminate coaching positions for middle school sports in the county.
The board stressed that they are not doing away with the programs and that they could bring the positions back once the budget is decided.
Prior to the meeting, the board held a work session with the Barbour All-County Sports Association. That's a group of concerned parents who have organized fundraising efforts to raise money to save the sports programs at Philippi, Kasson and Belington Middle Schools. They are selling t-shirts, holding an elimination dinner and taking donations.
"Our main thing tonight was to show them, so that they may have faith that we have got plenty of support to help them and there might not be any reason to eliminate any of the positions at all," said Ed Poling, with the Barbour All-County Sports Association.
"When it comes time to present the budget through our workshops, we'll be squeezing every dime out of there that we can to put it on the plus side of the column where we can perhaps reinstate some programs - but at the same time I can't make any guarantees about that," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super.
Dr. Super said he appreciated the efforts of the community. The final decision on the budget should come in late April or early May.
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