News Release By A Catholic Parents Group:
The School Board of the Springfield Catholic Schools is being asked to consider adding boys’ soccer as an extra-curricular activity in the High School. The Board has scheduled a “Listening” session on Thursday March 1, at 7pm, at the High School. This will be an unofficial meeting for anyone interested in expressing their thoughts for or against soccer.
The final decision will be made at the School Board meeting on March 15.
We anticipate that some people feel that the football and/or cross country teams could be adversely affected if boys are given the choice of soccer rather than being forced to play football or cross country.
There is also a sentiment that starting a new activity would send the wrong message to current and future teachers whose starting salary is below the public schools. We anticipate, based on our girls’ team and other boys’ teams, that the cost of soccer would be $5,000 to $7,000 per year depending on equipment replacement costs.
We have also been told that, while the current group of parents are enthusiastic about the sport and willing to assist financially, future parents of soccer players may not be as enthusiastic or generous in support of their childrens’ activities.
We encourage parents–no students, please–of all Springfield Catholic Grade School students, 1st through 8th grade. We do not believe that that it is necessary for the students to attend, but it is very important that all parents attend, as an indicator of their desire to offer their children THE CHOICE to play soccer for their High School and are willing to support it well into the future.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Tammi Millsap by clicking here.
Hope to see you Thursday, March 1st, at Springfield Catholic High School, where you will be given the opportunity to provide for our students a CHOICE to CHOOSE the sport they would like to play. Thanks!