D.C. Leaves High School Sports ‘Running on Fumes’

February 18, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — Many high school athletic directors and coaches across the District have not been paid for their work last school year, while some are just now receiving the paychecks they expected in July.  Meanwhile, D.C. Public Schools officials never allocated athletic budgets for the current school year, leaving some schools’ programs “running on fumes.” One high school athletic director said that reusing uniforms and equipment has kept his school’s sports afloat — but that the missing budget meant that if a student can’t afford cleats, “We don’t have the money to purchase that for the kid.” A mother at Wilson Senior High School remembered her daughter coming home with a varsity soccer jersey — but no shorts.

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