Erie School Board approves proposal to combine sports

ERIE, Pa. -- In a move that will save $1.5 million, the Erie School Board unanimously approved a proposal on Wednesday night to combine all high school sports in the district into one.

John Dahlstrand, athletic director for the school district, said because of the unique “financial watch” status of the Erie School District, he hopes the PIAA will consider the district's proposal to dissolve the high school athletics programs into one.

The proposal, which will combine sports at Strong Vincent, Central Tech and East High, was sent to the PIAA.

“This consolidation of our programs would provide more competitive opportunities for our students at 30 percent of our current cost for athletics,” Dahlstrand said in a letter.

The PIAA denied a similar request last year, but Dahlstrand hopes the PIAA might reconsider the proposal under the district's “special circumstances.”

Eliminating sports and extracurricular activities are one of 11 considerations the school board is contemplating to help balance a $10 million deficit for the 2017-18 budget. 


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