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Published February 11, 2014, 03:49 PM

Devils Lake schools examine cuts to sports programs

The Devils Lake School Board is considering the possibility of dropping some high school sports, in an effort to save money.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

The Devils Lake School Board is considering the possibility of dropping some high school sports, in an effort to save money.

A few years ago the Devils Lake Public Schools had over 700 students -- more then enough to field the athletics teams and activities, now that number has dropped and it looks like it may drop activities too.

Currently the school offers 20 activities for just over 500 students including football, volleyball, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys hockey, baseball, track & field. The Board started discussing the issue in November and made a move last night to identify 4 programs that it would be looking at potentially cutting: cheerleading, girls golf, boys golf and girls soccer. Superintendent Scott Privratsky says the bottom line is participation numbers.

"We wish that we had enough numbers in all of the programs so that we wouldn't have to talk about the possibility of eliminating but it becomes a very inefficient use of dollars if you continue," said Privratsky.

Monday's meeting is scheduled for 5pm at the Sweetwater School Library. The meeting is open to the the public for comment. Privratsky says a final decision will be made March 10

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