UTICA (WWJ) – Difficult budget cuts in the Utica Community School district, as the school board votes to eliminate more than 120 jobs. Some sports are also on the chopping block.

WWJ’s Gary Lundy reports that the board adopted a proposal that would eliminate junior high athletics for all 7th and 8th grade students, starting next year. The savings: about $300,000. District spokesman Tim McAvoy tells WWJ that nobody likes this, but they didn’t have any other choice.

“The board was concerned,” McAvoy said. “Nobody likes to move in this direction, but we have an obligation to adopt a balanced budget and we don’t have any alternatives to raise revenue. The only course we have is to address our expenditures.”

The district, which is the second largest in the state, has already cut $23 million since March.

  1. Lauren says:

    All I can say is I’m glad that I graduated when I did and didn’t have to experience the budget cuts. I made my 7th grade volleyball team and continued to play until I was a senior in college. If I never would have made the team back then I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. I made my varsity my freshman year and it’s an opportunity I would never have experienced without making the team in 7th grade. I feel terrible for the students now. Without choices children will never know what they are missing.

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