Here's the memo CMS officials sent to principals and board members today announcing that middle school sports won't vanish next year, as originally planned.
TO: All Middle School Principals
THRU: Hugh Hattabaugh, Chief Operating Officer
Sue Doran, Interim Athletic Director
FROM: LaTarzja Henry, Executive Director, Communications
DATE: June 23, 2011
RE: Update on Middle School Athletics
ACTION: Communicate middle school sports changes
Funding for middle school athletics was cut from the 2010-2011 budget. However, we were able to fund it in 2010-2011 using high school and middle school participation fees, a $1 surcharge on high school ticket sales and community donations. In the spring, it again appeared that middle school athletics would be eliminated because a portion of the participation fees in high schools were needed to pay for high school sports. This did not leave enough money to fully fund middle school sports.
Since then, the district has identified a way to fund selected middle school sports for the 2011-2012 school year. We will share our plans with the CMS community on Wednesday, June 29. The hybrid model offerings are:
o Fall Season 2011:
§ Boys football
§ Girls cheerleading
§ Girls volleyball
o Winter Season 2011-2012:
§ Boys basketball
§ Girls basketball
§ Girls cheerleading
o Spring Season 2012:
§ Boys track & field
§ Girls track & field
These sports were selected based on high participation in recent years. They also meet Title IX requirements. For the 2011-2012 school year, softball, baseball, soccer and golf will not be offered. In order to ensure that principals and executive staff are informed, attached to this memo you will find:
- Frequently Asked Questions: Please share this document with your athletic directors.
- Sample Parent Letter from Principal: This letter may be tailored and distributed by principals to alert parents to the changes with back-to-school communications materials. Parents should not be informed of this change until the announcement is made on June 29.
- Sample ConnectED Message: Principals are responsible for sending a ConnectED message at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. A sample ConnectED message is attached.
In addition, principals need to:
· Hire athletic directors and coaches, who are generally 10-month teachers receiving stipends but may also be non-faculty members receiving stipends only
· Update the school website no later than July 14 to list only the sports to be offered
· Send a ConnectED message to families at 7 p.m. on June 29
· Include a parent letter detailing changes to athletics in back-to-school communications material
This information will be released to the public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29.
c: Executive staff