Jordan Jordan-Elbridge Athletics Director Eric Varney has been busy calculating and number crunching to make this year’s sports programs - varsity tennis, golf, indoor track and seventh-grade and eighth-grade modified basketball teams — a reality.
At Thursday’s Aug. 24 Board of Education meeting at Ramsdell Middle School, Varney announced that the proposed sports teams to be cut from 2011-12 budget has been restored due to an in-depth, thorough cost analysis report he conducted.
“You look at your big expenses as far as your sports’ concern,” Varney said, “Let’s take the tennis program, you look at the equipment used, what does the student-athletes provide for themselves? What does the school typically provide? What does the school need to replace every year and the travel expenses?”
Varney’s first focus was to take the sports that were supposed to be discontinued and look at their schedules from last year. He digested a multiplicity of factors again, this time looking at the mileage cost and cost for the bus driver having a certain amount of time.
“What I was able to do,” Varney said, “for each event, each game, each match that we had, I was able to come up with a cost, and then a cumulative cost for each sport, and then the three sports together. At the end of the day, we throw in the coaches’ salary, transportation, equipment and supply cost. You are looking at that figure and comparing it against the budget for this year.”
The same process, according to Varney, was implemented with the seventh and eighth-grade modified basketball programs. Typically, most modified sports programs are separate, one seventh-grade team and one eighth-grade team. However, due to school budget cuts state wide, one of the movements on the table was to combine both teams — an option that wasn’t necessary when Varney highlighted two crucial cost-saving avenues: