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Outlook changes for preps

Local prep sports may not take a big hit after the state Legislature passes the budget according t

Posted: February 18, 2009 1:08 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Prep athletics in the Santa Clarita Valley might avoid the budget ax altogether.

Jaime Castellanos, superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, said Tuesday he doesn’t anticipate prep sports in the district being largely affected by the still-pending California budget and the cuts that will be made based on it.

“A lot of our kids are involved in sports. If we cut athletics, it would have a damaging effect,” Castellanos said. “I don’t foresee athletics being a realistic cut at this point and I think the (school) board agrees with that.”

Castellanos added that the school district has not issued a policy to the six high schools in the district requiring them to pay for substitute teachers for on-campus coaches who have to miss class based off of travel for non-league or tournament games.

That contradicts what was told to The Signal by administration members at Valencia High.

On Saturday, The Signal reported that the schools would have to pay for the substitutes instead of the school district.

This could discourage coaches from traveling far to face better competition.

Castellanos, who was not at the district office last week, said he didn’t know where that instruction came from and that he would have to have heard about it before it was sent out.

Valencia High principal Paul A. Priesz said he received a response from somebody at the district office last week that informed him the schools would have to pay for substitutes for coaches missing class due to travel.

He said Monday that it may have been a matter of somebody speaking too soon.

Castellanos said transportation for athletics was also examined for possible cuts, but those expenses will also not likely be affected.

Though he added he cannot “unequivocally say that (aspects of) sports will not be cut” because the state Legislature is still yet to agree on a budget.

He was also of the opinion that prep teams may have to reduce traveling to multiple tournaments during a school year.

cosborne@the-signal.com

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