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Knoxville Sports Budget Cuts Tabled
The Knoxville School District hasn't yet made a decision on whether or not some of the district's sports programs could take a hit due to the ongoing state budget uncertainty.

The District-202 Board Wednesday night voted to table a proposed laundry list of cuts suggested to the district's athletic program. Athletic Director Chad Bahnks said he wasn't necessarily recommending any of the cuts, merely suggesting them, ranging from reducing the uniform and band uniform budgets, cutting the number of non-revenue-generating sporting events like golf and track meets, and eliminating non-conference football games among others.

One program that could be cut completely is the junior high school wrestling program -- which was just started in the last year. Parent Shawn Weigand helped start the program to begin with, and wants to see it stay.

"As opposed to other sports, wrestling, I think, is just as a competitive sport as, say, basketball, football...any of the other fall sports or winter sports that you have," Wiegand said.

Bahnks says even though it was an idea, it might be a bad idea to cut junior high wrestling.

"Cross country has an established high school team. Junior high wrestling stands alone right now," Bahnks said. "What are we going to do, then, with high school wrestling (or, creating a high school wrestling program)? You don't, in my opinion, if you're going to have junior high wrestling...(the students) need somewhere to go once they get to the high school level."

The District-202 Board will take a vote on the proposed sports cuts May 26.

(The Knoxville School Board listens to a discussion on proposed sports program cuts Wednesday night. WGIL Sports Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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