Eliminating two sports unfair to some students
When the going gets tough, the tough are supposed to get going. That is not the case of Sto-Rox school board member Ed Maritz Jr., who just resigned.
He spoke of people seeking higher deck chairs on the doomed vessel when he is abandoning ship. Really? The amazing thing is that he called upon the remaining board members to stand up to certain people. Isn't that contradictory? He quit but wants the remaining board members to fight the supposed fight.
There is not one person in the district who feels athletics is more important than academics. This board member has used this to change the narrative and talking points as a distraction to the wrong and unfair way something is being done here. The board could have cut the athletic budget across the board 7 percent and cut one coach from each sport and this would have saved the same dollars the board saved by cutting softball and baseball.
The board chose what sports to cut as if one was more important than another. This argument is about fairness and equity in the cuts, not about academics versus athletics. It's about football being kept over baseball or about cheerleading being kept over softball. One child is not more important than another. Let all the sports take a little hit and keep them all.
In closing, I call upon the board members to rethink their position and be fair as I have been for four decades.
The writer is the retired varsity softball coach in the Sto-Rox School District.