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509-J budget cuts won't eliminate any MHS sports teams
Rumors proclaiming all Madras High sports will be cut are not true.
   "We will not be cutting any sports," 509-J interim superintendent Kay Baker said.
   The 509-J district is seeking to pare the budget by more than $3 million for the upcoming school year. A combination of enrollment at less than projected numbers plus less federal and state funding created the budget shortfall.
   The Madras High athletic programs had a budget of $297,020 this school year. Slightly more than half of that total went to coaches' salaries ($164,020). Travel costs of $79,000 along with paying officials ($35,000) plus supplies and equipment ($19,000) made up the rest of the MHS athletic budget.
   The district is looking at paring nonstaff costs, Baker said.
   "We're going to need tighten spending," Baker said. "The athletic director (Steve Johnson) and the coaches will be working on how to pare down the athletic budget (based on the district's reduction plan)."
   Baker will announce that district's reduction plan at a Tuesday, April 15 meeting (after press time). The district will post the message on its Web site at www.jcsd.k12.or.us. The Pioneer will also have a look at the cuts within the athletic budget in next week's issue.
   Tightening within the athletic budget, Baker said, means Madras High will not be adding a swim team. The recently-opened Madras Aquatic Center has increased discussion of a swim team, Baker said.
   "Since we're attempting to reduce costs, we won't be adding any new sports next year," Baker said. "Adding a swim team may well happen at some point and that'd be great if it does happen. A swim team won't be in the proposed budget for next year."