Superintendent Plans to Cut Bay District Athletics Programs

Bay District's athletics program could take a hard hit next school year. Superintendent Bill Husfelt plans to cut several programs to save an estimated $100,000. Last week middle school principals and athletic directors met and voted to eliminate wrestling, softball and boys and girls swimming and tennis.
"Tennis is a very small number of kids. There is a swimming league in town. There are all kinds of softball leagues in town. And wrestling is very expensive because of the mats... the upkeep and we're getting ready to have to put a lot of money into new mats for the schools if we continue with that sport," said Bill Husfelt , Bay Co. School Superintendent.
The proposed changes have one Rosenwald Middle School parent upset.
"We have such a big deal with childhood obesity these days and sports help them interact and be active and keep them healthy and it's a good way of learning disclipline and working as a team together."
High school athletes will also be faced with some changes. For one, the sports transportation budget is being reduced.
"JV teams will not be allowed to travel out of town without the Varsity. The number of games and matches in almost every sport is being reduced by 2, 3 or 4 games," said Husfelt.
While admitting all sports are important, Husfelt says cutting back could save jobs in the district. And in tough times, he says jobs are the priority.
Bay County’s Athletic Director Tommy St. Amant is retiring at the end of this year. Husfelt says that position will not be filled.

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  • by Rick Location: Youngstown on Mar 5, 2009 at 03:53 AM
    Would now be a bad time to ask for a teacher payraise?
  • by Teresa Location: Panama City on Mar 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    When did the children stop being the main priority in schools? I guess the kids can just hang out in the streets after school now. I hope our juvenile delinquency rate does not increase, now that these kids will not have after school activities to keep them occupied.
  • by Diane on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    The School Board has over extended themselves by building new schools, funding private schools, and now the students will pay the price. Students are losing their schools, their athletic programs. Whats next?
  • by Shannon Location: Chipley on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    I agree with Dale.
  • by stephanie Location: panama city on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Shame on you Bill Husfelt! Of all people, especially with you once being a high school principal i would not expect this from you. There are so many other things that would survive a budget cut. Evidently it seems to me that this position has gotten to your head and you need to step back and look at what your doing to these poor students. Not only does these sports prevent obesity but it gives most kids a reason to go to school (for ex: "if my grades drop i won't be able to go to this weekend's game"). Of course there are other leagues in town, but they do not instill a pride in thier school. I do believe i speak for alot of parents when i say that we are ashamed of you Mr. Husfelt.
  • by sunny Location: panama city on Mar 4, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    they are not bringing their own toilet paper yet.
  • by WC Location: Panama City on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    How about cutting these out in High School also. Better yet, cut out high school football and baseball. Concentrate on education.
  • by Dale on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    Jobs are the priority? Hey Hustfelt, you're in education. The kids should be the priority.
  • by angie Location: panama city on Mar 3, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    This is the dumbest thing i have ever heard of!!! whats next .. these kids really need school sponosered sport program!!
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