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Future of high school Academic Decathlon team uncertain

Increasing cost of the program, especially travel, may force its discontinuance

— “It seems like we’re being penalized for being successful,” Kelly said, adding that the USAD program is based out of California and rarely holds national competitions on or near the East Coast.

“This is an issue not just for us, but for all districts,” Superintendent Bob Dubik told the board.

Kelly said there have been multiple options discussed on how to fund the team in the future, including more district funding, assistance from the board of education or finding a corporate sponsor.

Kelly appeared before the BOE to apprise them of the team’s situation and to ask them to begin considering what, if anything, could be done to help fund the team in the future.

The board members all agreed the AD team is an important part of the district, and said they would look into the matter.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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