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How proposed cuts affect local schools outside of USD 259

By Chris ElliottDerby games against City League C team opponents like East draw to an end.As reported in a story by Joanna earlier this week there were multiple proposed cuts by USD 259 to make up for a $30 million budget deficit. These cuts included the elimination of C Team sports and sophomore teams.

For local schools like Derby that have yet to make cuts to athletics due to budget shortfalls, these changes to City League operations also create problems. Derby, Maize and even Andover regularly schedule games in multiple sports against opponents in USD 259.

“Most of our C team games are comprised of games against the City League,” Derby athletic director Russell Baldwin said. “It would make it more difficult for us to schedule. In soccer instead of playing each one of the City League teams once and a couple of the AV-CTL teams once, we would probably double up and play some schools multiple times to fill somewhat of a schedule.”

USD 260 has made budget cuts to other areas, but so far athletics has been spared. Baldwin would like to keep it that way.

“As of right now that is one thing we are trying to stay away from – limiting opportunities for our students,” Baldwin said.