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Budget cuts could target NU sports

While nothing’s set in stone yet, Nevada Union High School officials are looking for places to cut $50,000 from next year’s athletics budget.

In a budget meeting held Wednesday, two possible options were discussed to reach the $50,000 reduction, according to an internal memo from Nevada Union Principal Margaret Christensen.

Plan A proposes a $100 fee be deposited in accounts earmarked for each sport.

Plan B proposes cuts to the following programs, according to the memo.

— Nonleague sports: winter snow sports, $14,000; water polo, $9,000; and boys volleyball, $4,000.

— Freshman sports: freshman boys soccer, $3,000; freshman girls soccer, $3,000; freshman girls softball, $3,000; and freshman boys baseball, $4,000.

— Varsity sports: varsity swimming, $10,000.

Christensen said she’ll be meeting with coaches today to discuss the cuts.

“We know we have to make cuts and we’re going to talk about it,” Christensen said. … “There’s nothing cast in stone. We just need a discussion on how we’re going to approach this. Everyone needs to be part of the plan.”

Christensen is part of a budget team that is considering cuts not just for athletics, but across the board, said Joe Boeckx, Nevada Joint Union High School District superintendent.

“We’re looking at a approximate $1.5 million cut for next year and a approximate $600,000 cut midyear this year,” Boeckx said. … “I would imagine the other 1,038 school districts in California are also looking at budget trims.”

To help backfill a projected $34 billion state budget deficit, Gov. Gray Davis has proposed slashing $2 billion from education this year.

Boeckx said the state’s budget situation is changing every day and that the trickle-down effect on local schools is subject to change.

“These are best guesses,” Boeckx said. “We don’t know the specifics, but we know enough to begin preparing ourselves for cuts.”

Athletic Director Steve Pilcher couldn’t say whether the school was looking at cutting sports programs at this point because there was no plan yet, only brainstorming.

“We’ll throw it out to the people it affects the most,” said Pilcher. “We’re asking their advice and opinions, and we’ll put together a plan based on that.”

Any changes in sports funding wouldn’t be effective until next school year.

“We’re just planning for next year because we don’t want to be blindsided,” Pilcher said.

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