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No Spring Sports Season for Seaford Middle School

Fundraising efforts to restore cut spring middle school athletic teams fall short.

Despite tireless fundraising efforts from dedicated parents, the spring sports season previously cut from this year’s budget will not be restored.

The Save Seaford Sports Committee fell around $40,000 short of what was needed to fund the middle school spring sports by Thursday's deadline set by the district. The organization had previously raised enough funds the Seaford Middle School winter sports teams through numerous fundraisers including car washes, garage sales, comedy nights, raffles and parties. 

“Unfortunately, we were unable to raise enough money to restore spring sports,” said Save Seaford Sports co-president Ann Lynch in an e-mail sent Thursday announcing that the spring athletic season could not be salvaged. “Our fundraising was successful, but we did not raise enough money to meet our goal.”

Price said that the committee will wait to allocate funds raised for the spring sports season until after the budget vote on May 15. Seaford has been operating on a contingency budget this year after voters rejected proposed spending plansand . The Seaford Board of Education has been holding budget workshop meetings this month and is scheduled to adopt a spending plan proposal by mid April. 

Wayne Smith March 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Chris - You're right they can, but having witnessed some of this discussion last night, my sense is that they won't. I would also agree that it would be a mistake to underestimate the extent to which there could be an unfavorable reaction to anything over 2%. As in previous years, the board is focused on the critical need to "communicate" with the community when it comes to the budget, presumably especially as this relates to raising taxes by greater than 2%. There was much the same concern expressed last year, as I recall, and there was some self-blame for having not communicated effectively when the budget was defeated. In some ways though I think the board blamed itself too much. The problem I see is that you really can't communicate effectively if people aren't listening. And at this point, many in the community just won't.
Lorraine DeVita March 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
What this community needs to see instead of the traditionaly confusing convulated PIE chart BS is the ACTUAL line itemized budget.all 500 lines of it.. Just lay it out there for all to see and then allow US to ask specific & pertinant questions, give us honest straighforward (non ALDRICH) answers , so we the taxpayers can make a truly informed decision on whether or not we feel this is the best budget you could have presented this is int he best interest of the students and the community. IS that TOOOOOOOO much to ask? .. NO pie charts no mumbo jumbo , no misdirection, no sarcasm, no beating around the bush.Be PREPARED. please insure every person responsible for budget numbers submission is there to answer directly , which means, directors, chairs, managers, etc. for further clarification if needed. We need to fully comprehend what you plan on doing with every last dime of our money.. in detail..and why... Thats transparency,thats open honest communicaiton with the community . Equally as important .Its imperative you LISTEN to your community. It is KEY that you.hear what they have to say and understand why they are saying it..
ap April 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The community has lost faith and trust with the board and administration. The only way to regain is thru communication. Show everyone exactly what things cost line by line. Let the community be fully informed on what they lose if they defeat a budget. Show the community you are putting the kids needs and education before waste, raises and over staffing, The parents will pay more than the 2% for our kids but we will not allow the board ad administration to cut from our kids (20% of budget) and continue to fund the 80% ( salary, benefits and retirement). Once again decisions of 2010 contract negotiaion comes back to haunt us. Are you listening board members and Mr. Conboy? Can I be more clear?..
Lorraine DeVita April 04, 2012 at 03:00 AM
T<R<A<D<I<T<I<O<N = 2.5 TAX LEVY by the board on 4.3.2012 You can cut just about anything in Special Ed, Technology , Elementary school,and while ir troubles him deeply all these cuts HE WILL NOT TOUCH BAND CAMP !!!! He knows WE Value our Traditions and he is the keeper of everything SEAFORD holds near and dear. .. Except one small wee fact. Mr Manzo Made everyone PAY for band camp and their uniforms BC ! Selective memories produce selective traditions is seems ! Tradition! eveyone hold hands now and sing - :If I were a rich man: .. BC.s theme song
Lorraine DeVita April 04, 2012 at 11:35 AM
If I were a rich man, Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum. All day long I'd biddy biddy bum. If I were a wealthy man. I wouldn't have to work hard. Idle-diddle-daidle-daidle man.

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