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Devils Lake School District May Drop Four Sports from their Roster

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Money is tight in the Devils Lake school district and leaders are mulling over an idea to save some money. The idea probably won't sit well with many high school athletes in Devils Lake. Cheerleading, boys and girls golf and girls soccer might be a thing of the past. Valley News team's Eric Crest traveled there to hear more about the newest budget saving measure.

Four high school sporting events are on the proposed chopping block in Devils Lake. It's a decision that will likely effect elementary students down the road.

"The four sports that we'll look for public input on tonight are cheerleading, girls and boys golf and soccer," says the Devils Lake public school superintendent Scott Privratsky.

The school board hasn't made any final decisions yet. But what has become apparent is the high schools enrollment decline.

"Since the 2000-2001 school year we had 700 students 9 through 12. And now we're at 500 students 9 through 12. So we've dropped 200 students which is a pretty good percentage of students to be dropping," explains Privratsky.

The four sports that might be on their way out also don't have enough student interest according to Privratsky.

"Girls golf are very limited numbers. I believe there would be three returning players to girls golf. And one would be a freshman next year and two would be eighth graders," says Privratsky.

The school's budget is likely playing a role in all of this too.

"It's not all about the money but it is about being efficient I believe," says Privratsky.

With an estimated 850 thousand dollar deficit by years end, the Devils Lake Public School district's superintendent says they could use the forty thousand dollars it takes to operate the four sports. But that isn't the only factor playing into all of this.

"I hope people understand it's not an easy decision. It wasn't an easy decision to get to the point of talking about it. But sometimes the easy things can help a community or school grow collectively by going through what you may call some troubled waters," says Privratsky.

A final decision on the cuts is expected at the school boards March 10th meeting. Two other sports, wrestling and girls hockey, will be given the same consideration and reevaluated within two years.

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