At last month’s regular board meeting, the LUHSD Board of Trustees voted to implement round two of budget cuts in order to balance the $4 million deficit the district faces next year. The latest cuts included eliminating all coaching stipends for ninth-grade coaches, which provided a total savings to the district of $48,000.
The principals, athletic directors, coaches and faculty have begun a campaign to solicit donations to restore freshmen sports programs by raising money from the community and public at large.
The board has taken a district-wide approach and agreed to restore the programs at Freedom, Heritage and Liberty high schools if $48,000 is raised by Aug. 1. The deadline requirement will allow for timely notifications, staffing and scheduling to occur in time for the programs to be restored.
The Liberty Educational Foundation has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the Save Freshmen Sports Campaign. To make a donation, visit the Liberty Educational Foundation Web site, educationwins.org, or send a check payable to Liberty Educational Foundation (memo: “Restoration of ninth-grade sports”) to: Liberty Union High School District Office, 20 Oak St., Brentwood, CA 94513.
Those desiring to help organize a fundraising event to restore the freshmen sports programs should call Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Eric Volta at 925-634-2166, ext. 2045 for more information. Follow LUHSD on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the link at www.luhsd.net.