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The future of Saginaw School District Athletics

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I'm not sure if this budget is a political way for supt. Carlton Jenkins to keep his promise of keeping Saginaw High open while really suggesting that there should be just one high school or athletic program.   

But if is, he has made his point.

If athletics is self-funded starting in the fall of 2015 there will be little if any athletics at all at Saginaw High or Arthur Hill High.  It is going to take a minimum of 700-thousand dollars each year to keep a program in place at each school. 

That's a lot of bake sales and 50/50 raffles.

If there was just one high school you would like to think that budget would have some room for athletic funding.   If not, at least that self-funding number would be cut in half to 350-thousand dollars a year.

Yes there will be pay to play, but you can only charge so much and the current rate in the state of 75-to-100 bucks per sport is only going to provide a dent.

But one school is not the plan, the plan is for two schools and self-funding.   

This uncertain future is also going to have a ripple effect through Saginaw and surrounding communities with transfers.

Families with high school athletes and junior high athletes and down the line will now look to go elsewhere for stable and better programs. That means that athletes in these surrounding school districts will lose spots on these athletic teams.  Meaning that a tax payer athlete will lose a spot to a non-tax payer athlete in that district.

These decisions to find another school district will have to start being made in the next month so kids don't have sit out a year because of transfer rules.  One source close to the story estimates that 20 percent of students in the Saginaw School District could be looking for a new school as of March.

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