Citizens of Barbour County are gearing up to support middle school sports after a narrow 3 to 2 vote at Monday night's school board meeting in Barbour County eliminated all middle school coaching positions. Parents and other concerned residents from the Barbour All County Sports Organization were disappointed by the vote, but said they now have a mission for the upcoming weeks and months.
"Honestly I'm a little saddened that this is what it's come down to, and its hard to explain to my 12 year old that it's not completely over, but as I said, I'm optimistic that we can do this," said BACSO's Lori Wetzel.
Superintendent Joe Super made the recommendation to eliminate the positions at the meeting Monday night. He said cutting any program was not a course he wanted to take, and he's happy the sports organization is working to find other ways to generate those funds.
"Every member of that board, supports what they're doing, and that includes me. I've already contacted them, my wife and I will be making a contribution. We support what their doing, fully realizing the limits of our financial situation right now," Dr. Super said.
The fight to keep sports in the county is far from over. Although the positions are gone for now, there's still time to bring them back before the next school year if enough money can be found to pay for those middle school coaches.
"I'm OK with the fact that the coaches can be reinstated at any point as long as the funds to become available and I think that our organization can definitely raise the funds in the next few weeks and months to be able to do that," Wetzel said.
There's still time for BACSO to raise the money to pay for the coaches before the next school year.