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Seaford Middle School Fall Sports Season Saved

Save Seaford Sports Committee is able to raise necessary $62,000 by Monday night's deadline to restore athletic teams not included in budget.

The fall athletics season has been rescued from the brink.

Thanks to a , the Save Seaford Sports Committee was able to raise the necessary $62,000 needed by Monday night’s deadline to bring back the fall middle school sports not included in the district’s 2012/13 budget, which includes football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey and cheerleading. The deadline was originally Friday but by the school board after Save Seaford Sports began receiving a flurry of $100 donations from families to help achieve its fundraising goal.

“Save Seaford Sports wants to thank the community for all their support,” said Annmarie Lynch, co-founder of Save Seaford Sports. “You made this happen!”

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Seaford's $57.8 million budget  in May includes funding for the Seaford Middle School spring season but not the fall and winter. The 2011/12  only funded the fall middle school season, which prompted the . Last year's Save Seaford Sports fundraising efforts was enough to salvage the winter sports teams but  of being able to bring back the spring athletic teams. 

Save Seaford Sports will now be focusing its efforts toward restoring the Seaford Middle School winter athletic teams. For further information on upcoming Save Seaford Sports fundraisers, log onto the group’s website or Facebook page.



Chris Wendt September 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Congratulations on a job well done!
Lorraine DeVita September 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Chris, As a previous Board member albeit in another district, Can you share some Info as to the TITLE requirements for sports ? Do they effect MS ? I know one requirment is Equal number for BOTH sexes - but is it for a Season or for the School year? My question is this - Fall and Spring are funded - however if Winter 1+2 arent funded completely how does that effect TITLE requirements ?
Mulcahy's of Wantagh September 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Praise to Save Seaford Sports for their hard work and dedication to the students of the Middle School!
Lorraine DeVita September 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
To every MS Sports STUDENT- YOUR parents have busted their butts to give you an opportunity DONT waste their efforts give YOUR best efforts both ON and OFF the FIELD. Make sure YOU dont give less in effort then they have to make this happen for YOU. YOU should be very proud of your parents they accomplished something extraordinary on your behalf - recognize that and appreciate and RESPECT them. YOU owe them BIG time. GOOD luck and kick butt on the FIELD and in the CLASSROOM! Congratulations to all the parents and community members who made this happen for these kids.
Chris Wendt September 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Title IX as well as NY state regulations apply to each school, from elementary, up, covering sports and extracurricular activities as well as single-gender classes. We are discussing sports; cheerleading would be a sport in this context. I do not know the current state of the law. Here is a current article for your interest: http://www.aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/evening-field-title-ixs-continuing-impact-gender-equality-sports The general requirements were not for precise equality in gender numbers, and not for equal spending by gender, either. There was a two-year evaluation period during which the opportunities available to both genders had to be approximately equal. So, in evaluating a complaint, two years would be used to decide if the complaint was valid, and two years data could be used to defend against a complaint. One salient point is that Title IX permits an individual student to file a complaint with OCR if an individual student believes she has been denied equal access to participate in sports, keeping in mind the two-year concept. So, it does not go season by season, or year by year, but over a 2-year period. Seaford is now entering its second year of partial sports in the Middle School. At the end of 2 years (presuming the year prior SMS sports were relatively equal in gender opportunities, which I do not know), if female SMS athletes had substantially fewer sports opportunities, one or more could call OCR or the ACLU and file a complaint.
Chris Wendt September 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I want to emphasize what I said about not knowing the current state of the law. Some of what I related may have changed since I left the Board. There is another issue with resolving federal civil rights complaints, and that is the concept of "leveling-up" as opposed to "leveling down". What that means is, if a group proves they were denied equal access or treatment, the solution cannot be to take away access or better treatment from some other group (leveling-down) to correct the inequality; the injured group would have to be accorded the same acces and treatment as the other group (leveling-up) to correct the inequality. That ACLU article I posted the link to shows there is still a plenty of sensitivity about this issue of gender equality is school sports participation opportunities.
Chris Wendt September 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Here are two source statements on point: The Civil Rights Restoration Act was passed in 1988 which restored Title IX coverage to every educational institution's programs if the institution receives any federal assistance, whether direct or indirect.[9] (Indirect federal assistance means assistance provided to any student of the school, rather that to the school, itself). On November 24, 2006, the Title IX regulations were amended to provide greater flexibility in the operation of single-sex classes or extracurricular activities at the primary or secondary school level.[16] (On the point of applicability to MS activities)
Lorraine DeVita September 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
OK my next point is Spring sports last yr in the middle school unfortuntely was not funded - HOWEVER the GIRLS softball team at the Varisity level was under staffed and the JV players did not want to Move up to Varisity. The Board ALLOWED the HS Varisty team to Move up players from the MS(who WERENT going to play at all because it wasnt funded ) to enable them to field a Varisty Softball team.Does this have any bearing on the TITLE IX regulations.? And no the MS boys to my knowledge werent afforded the same consideration to MOVE UP for any of the spring sports on the HS level.
Lorraine DeVita September 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The reason i am asking these questions is to ascertain whether or not by setting a precedent that Ms students can selectively be moved up based on NEED or students ability to a HS team hasnt the board set a precendent that ALL MS students should be given the opportunity to try out for the Hs teams if there is no funding on the MS school level.
Chris Wendt September 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM
If you read the ACLU article, one of the equal opportunity issues was over coaching, or lack thereof. Having a team without proper coaching could be considered denial of the opportunity to participate in that sport. Generally, in my opinion, Title IX (or the NY regs on sports opportunity gender equality) can be applied on a school-by-school basis. I have no idea of the ramifications of moving MS athletes up to HS sports on Title IX requirements, other than maybe a potential windfall for some attorney, somewhere. I know there are policy guidelines about moving MS athletes into varsity programs in Wantagh. Section VIII probably has some rules as well, especially for contact sports. Makes you wonder, from a forfeiture perspective, whether Seaford's Girls Varsity Softball team opponents knew they were playing against an essentially Middle School team? Wait, wait, wait...this sounds too bizzare; Lorraine must have this all wrong...right, Tom?
Save seaford schools September 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
No Computers in the school check 28 kids in a class check 6-grade girls volleyball priceless Keep raising the Education Bar
Lorraine DeVita September 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
hmmmm? Me WRONG? possibly.... but on this one - nope chris i got this one right! Odd too that this was brought to the Baord & the Boards vote to approve this moving up as a district policy agter MUCH discussion I will conceed coincidently was JUST before this developed . Was something in the wind prior that even the board wasnt aware about?. What a co-inky-dink- lmao . MY question would be WHY did the JV players REFUSE to move up to Varsity thereby causing this whole MS student up to Varsity thing. Something we should know about? Let me guess they didnt want to break up the JV team? good excuse not buying it but good try..since when do we allow students to dictate school policy> This is a conundrum of MINOR proportions but an interesting conundrum none the less. Hopefully someone will either set the record stright and prove me wrong or the silence will be very telling indeed. That 600k ++Seaford HS Atheltic Budget and Department is one big black hole of non accountability.
Lorraine DeVita September 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Save Seaford schools, While I agree with you 100% it seems the vocal majority here seem to think that education here in Seaford is just fine and dandy . Matter of Fact Seaford HS despite not having much needed technology happened to be a school of record which means they made enough progress to beat the state average and close any grevious gaps in the last two years. . we are one of 167 schools give or take out of 254 give or take which only goes to show that SEAFORD STUDENTs have what it takes to excell.. so to continue with the priceless commerical theme going on in your post "IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES" if they were on an equal playing field educationaly with districts that HAD all the tools available ot them. Seaford students would KICK BUTT..
ki nonh September 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
If there is a point here please state it and btw 6th grade does not participate in MS athletics
Roy September 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
lorraine just to let you know ....There were quite a few middle school boys brought up to play lacrosse for the high school last year. That softball situation though just sounds wackyy . If there is not enough girls to field a varsity team then dont have a varsity team sounds like a money saver to me 7th graders playing against 12 graders thats just stupid
Lorraine DeVita September 27, 2012 at 01:52 AM
You know what really concerns me - THE PARENTS ALLOWING IT. The school is NOt oging to look out for your childs wellfare YOU should be. But unfortunately becaseu parents are FLATTERED that their child is being supposedly recognized as "talented" they dont realize that in some cases their child is being USED to field HS teams. Having two athletic kids (since grown) you have to understand that while the prestige of having your kid MOVE up to play on the varsity level is gratifying you are placing them in a situation that may prove to emotionaly and physically at risk. If your kid is THAT good then they can only get better progressing at their natural pace. DONT be so eager to PUSH.. AND the schools shouldnt be allowed to place these kids in potentialy harms way. There is a reason for MS level sports, JV sports and Varisity sports. Ironic they wont let 6th graders play with 7&8 graders but they will allow 7th graders to play with 12th graders Wheres the logic in one?

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