School Board considering cutting some prep sports for next year's budget

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - As the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District grapples with $8.2 million dollars in cuts, many after school activities are on the line.
At Monday's budget workshop, members of the School Board discussed what sports some schools may now go without.

Heidi Haas; Board President >> "Just to put this out there, all three of the eliminations are sports."

As part of the 2018/19 proposed budget for the school district, hockey, rifle, and football cheer leading will be cut from four borough schools.

HH >> "That's a full sport elimination."

As the budget looms over the district, each school principal narrowed down which programs to cut.
And while the community may decide to come together to help retain these activities, Superintendent Karen Gaborik says, it's not something they're expecting to happen.

Karen Gaborik; Superintendent of Schools >> "We're looking at reductions as a school system. This is what is going to happen and be cut. If the community decides to pick this up and say hey let's talk again, possible but we're not counting on that this time."

And if someone doesn't step up to help, students who don't enroll in the local catholic schools, they won't be able to play.

HH >> "All of those kids, they can't play on a comp team while other high school athletics are going on so they would have a low, they would have several months where they wouldn't be able to play and I think we would lose kids to the catholic schools. We have who will, their parents will send them to Anchorage for school."

And while she wants to remain neutral, Haas left the group to ponder on how after school activities like sports can impact students.