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DCE targets athletics to save money

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WESTON (WAOW) -- The D.C. Everest School Board is targeting athletics to save money.

About two dozen coaches will lose their jobs at the end of this school year. It's part of a bigger push to cut the budget.

The district has to cut $3.7 million. Officials say they're looking everywhere to do that including athletics.

The board voted Wednesday evening to cut 27 positions, almost all of them assistant coaches. School leaders say that will save about $74,000.

"There were some situations where we really did have more coaches than we needed to have," said DCE Assistant Superintendent Jack Stoskopf. "In today's economic times we can't afford to do everything for everybody all the time. And, you know, our primary focus was to look outside the classroom first."

The district will also raise athletic fees. Right now, most students pay $20, but that will jump up to anywhere from $45 to $75 depending on the activity. Boys hockey players will pay $350.

Stoskopf said these changes will cut about $130,000 from the budget.

"We have so many different things on the docket that we have to include in our considerations to get our budget down to the 3.7 million dollar cut that we need," said Stoskopf.

The changes will take effect next school year.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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