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.