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Posted: Friday, April 3, 2009 10:00 pm

As Lodi Unified School District discusses options on how to cut its budget, many student-athletes, coaches, parents and athletic directors are wondering what could happen to local high school sports programs.

LUSD superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer is expected to present her recommendations of cuts to the LUSD Board of Trustees at their meeting on Tuesday night. LUSD has a $25 million budget deficit.

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  • posted at 7:06 am on Sat, Apr 4, 2009.


    Observer, I can not agree more. I would not have had the success I've had without the lessons I learned in youth and high school sports. AND, the other extra curricular activities I participated in back then.The problem is that we parents think our kids deserve better than what we had, but in today's dollars there is less to spend per student &/or athlete. The bang for the buck is not there.Either taxes need to be raised (very unlikely) or the fundraisers will continue to be a fact of life for every extra curricular activity.

  • posted at 3:08 am on Sat, Apr 4, 2009.


    It always seems that during a financial crunch athletic programs are threatened. In my opinion, monies spent on athletic programs are the best bang for the buck. The characteristics young people learn from athletics cannot be learned in the classroom and they are lifelong. Of course, we as parents are shouldering more and more of the financial burden as time has gone on. I was always happy to contribute and help out teammates who couldn't afford it. Please, leave athletic alone!



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