SOUTH DAYTON - While a school district has cut transportation costs for the wrestling team, not everyone is happy.
The Pine Valley Board of Education heard concerns about wrestlers being transported from the district to Cattaraugus-Little Valley, a district with which it shares wrestling.
The board decided to cut transportation costs for wrestling due to low team numbers. According to the board, the wrestling team started last year with 11 students, but ended with about half of those students. Rex Brown, wrestling coach, said there are more than six students who completed the wrestling program. Brown also said to transport the students to the 27 practices should only cost around $2,000 - which comes out to about $5 per student. President Janie Waag said the district is trying to do the most with the least amount of costs. She said the wrestling costs for last year were $6,391 - which was more than the projected budget costs.
"We're looking at cost; we're trying to do the most that affect the most kids," Waag said. "It makes it hard for us to justify the cost."
Brown said the team had perfected a plan with Cattaraugus-Little Valley for wrestling matches; if the team was traveling toward Cattaraugus, Pine Valley would drive, but if the meet was closer to Pine Valley, the other school would pick them up on the way. Brown said due to a union contract issue, the plan did not work out. He said not transporting the kids is affecting the other half of the team in Cattaraugus.
"Imagine practicing with only half of the football team," Brown told the board.
He said in wrestling, students are trying to keep their grades up in order to be eligible to participate. The entire team must be together prior to meets to finalize wrestling matches, Brown said. The board did not make any final decisions regarding wrestling and will discuss the matter at a later date.
In an unrelated matter, the board discussed how to fill the position left by Board Member Jo Ann Anderson, who put in her letter of resignation at an earlier meeting. The board could reduce from nine members to seven and would have to be put out to public vote. If passed by the public, the board would be reduced in 2015 when two board member terms expire. The board decided to advertise and interview for the vacancy left by Anderson and that candidate will have to run again in May for the remaining two years of Anderson's term.