Pittsburgh schools superintendent says no cuts planned for sports this fall

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Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane said today that school sports will not be cut in the coming school year.

The district's "Whole Child, Whole Community" report released in December called for consideration of various reductions, including eliminating intramural sports; middle school volleyball, swimming and wrestling; and high school golf, swimming and tennis to save $600,000 per year.

As sports schedules are beginning to be developed, the question came up as to whether any of these cuts could take effect for 2014-15.

The proposal never had a date, and any proposed change would have to come before the school board, which has not yet publicly discussed it.

"We're not planning to rush through a process to make a decision," Ms. Lane said.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

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