County: no cut to athletic contests
TAMPA - Hillsborough County Schools athletic director Lanness Robinson said the department will not cut contests for the 2009-2010 season despite the district's budgetary crisis. However, there is no guarantee every school will play the maximum allowed number of games. That decision is up to each school. "There are no cuts for budgetary issues," Robinson said. During the school district's board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said the district needs to trim an estimated $20 million. In the two years prior, Hillsborough County Schools has had to cut $82.2 million from its budget.Spokesman Steve Hegarty said Elia has yet to announce any cuts. Robinson said the county will have the "same identical program as the last year" with the exception of junior varsity basketball, which will see a reduction in contests to accommodate low numbers in participation. Robinson said some programs could not field a team and the decision was based on numbers. The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously July 15 to reinstate athletic contests it took away just months earlier in an attempt to save school districts money. In April, the board voted to reduce varsity games, except football, by 20 percent and all sub-varsity games by 40 percent. Chamberlain honors Turner The school board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of naming Chamberlain High's football field after retired coach Billy Turner. Turner, 71, retired in March, ending a 30-year career as head coach at Chamberlain. He compiled a 205-124 record with the Chiefs and led Chamberlain to the Class 5A state championship game in 2001.
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