Wildcats are go for spring sports

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Questa spring sports are officially on for the 2018 season, according to school district Board President Daryl Ortega.

Following the board’s cost analysis presented by superintendent David Albert during the Tuesday (Feb. 6) meeting, the board said they saw no reason to cancel or shorten the seasons of either baseball or track for the upcoming season.

Questa Independent Schools faces a cash balance shortage in the 2017-18 budget, forcing them to comb through the budget looking for areas to save money or cut costs. The district’s business manager has recommended the district keep at least $200,000 in cash balances; currently the district has around $122,000. Despite the shortage, students will be allowed to begin their sports season after the board saw no reason to alter the schedules.

“I don’t see a problem with us having the full schedule,” Ortega said during the meeting. “Whatever the schedule was, it is. It’s not going to be condensed.”

Reports were circulating in the community and among coaches that the track and baseball schedules would be altered or cut. During community meetings held by the board in 2017 to discuss the possible budget cuts, sports were low on the list to be altered but were not off the table. Community members spoke out during one of those meetings, calling for the board not to cut sports programs.

Albert has said many students rely on sports in schools and that sports were never considered to have been outright removed.

During the meeting, uniform purchases took up a majority of the conversation on the budget analysis where Questa sports are on a three-year rotation for new uniforms. Each year, a different team in the district gets new uniforms based on this three-year rotation, which would mean costs are varied each year due to the different number of participants in various sports.

Combined, baseball and track cost the district more than $32,000, according to the cost analysis sheet, compared to the more than $55,000 it costs the district for basketball alone.

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