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Could Middle School Sports Be Eliminated in Barbour County?
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 09, 2013 @ 7:21PM
Created on January 09, 2013 @ 5:32PM
5 News has been called and e-mailed for the past several days about rumors going around that the Barbour County Board of Education was trying to eliminate all middle school sports in the county.

Concerned parents and community members will be meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Belington Fire Department to discuss this issue.

However, organizers wanted to be clear that this meeting is about brainstorming ways to fundraise and keep the athletic programs in the schools, not to protest the Board of Education.
 
This all started because of money issues for the county's schools.
 
On Monday, the superintendent will be presenting his suggestions for ways to save money.
 
Before that happens, parents want to make sure they're prepared for what could be cut.
 
That's why they'll be talking about ways to save the programs, and have those solutions ready to present to the BOE on Monday.
 
In the mean time, parents and community members have been speaking out against this possibility.
 
"When kids are in school, they have to have something to look forward to, and you have to have a certain GPA to even play sports. I believe if they remove the sports, then why would the kids want to try to work so hard? They have to have something to look forward to," said Kara Keefer, Barbour County resident and parent. "I just think it's very important for sports to be in the schools so kids have physical activities, social activities. So you know they don't have to look for something to get into, so people will know what their kids are doing, where they're at, where they're at with their friends." 
 
On the other hand, Dr. Super said that he will present his recommendations for cuts Monday at the BOE meeting, but he didn't confirm if middle school sports would be among the proposed cuts.

He also released this statement: "Personnel issues are personnel 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 considerations my suggestions. But, I've welcomed community input, in fact I've asked for it repeatedly."
 
The board meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the BOE building in Philippi.

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