Families Protest Aurora School District’s Plan To Cut Soccer

AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — A crowd of frustrated soccer moms, dads and players gathered Monday night at a meeting of Aurora’s Indian Prairie School Board, protesting a plan to eliminate middle school soccer.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the school district says abandoning its middle school soccer program will save $50,000. Indian Prairie School District 204 Supt. Kathy Birkett said in a letter Feb. 28 that the district needs the money.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

More than $30 million has been shaved from the district’s budget in the last three years. The cuts have materialized in increased class sizes, higher fees, salary freezes and the elimination of 145 certified positions. Another $8.6 million is expected to be cut from the upcoming budget.

But the parents are asking, “Why focus on the elimination of soccer when so many other sports will remain unaffected?”

Traveling soccer can cost thousands of dollars, and the cut will affect about 280 young players, said soccer mom Christie Kruchten, who spoke at the meeting. She wore a black-and-white-striped shirt and stood in front of an audience of sign-waving soccer fans.

Kruchten launched an online petition to gain the public’s attention. She accumulated more than 400 signatures. One middle school student collected more than 100 of his own at school — and the board has received more than 50 emails from ambitious residents offering solutions.

Eliminating the soccer program is only one of several proposals for balancing the school district budget. The district is also considering staff reductions and student fee increases.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • I'm just sayin....

    I hate soccer-really so boring running back and forth to score a meager few goals-and is bouncing a ball off your head good for you anyway?

    I think girls volleyball is far more entertaining

    Also might help thin down the mexican population from out that way

    • THEE Yard Ape

      LOL !!!! I’m just sayin’ YOU ARE CORRECT!!!

    • D204 Parent

      Instead of your name being “I’m just saying” it should be “I’m just clueless”.

      Take a look at your facts. The school district they are talking about is the 3rd largest in the State and one of the top performing in the State of IL. You should also know that 9.6% of the school population is Hispanic.

      Glad to see there are still plenty of bigots that discriminate out there!! Your post should be banned!!

  • Me

    Get rid of Football. It costs more $$ and is more physically damaging to the students.

    Two years ago our school district decided to save money to send the football team on an overnight game by cutting the math and science clubs. Not sure how much they could have saved as the Math club had zero expenses outside of keeping the teacher (salary) and a janitor (salary) in the building until 4:30 once every other week.

    • non

      Football make the schools alot of money. You ever see the spectator stands jammed full at a soccer game?

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