Full district funding was re-established for the McPherson Middle School golf and swimming programs during the USD 418 Board of Education meeting Monday.
The board voted to eliminate half of the district funding for the teams during the 2009-2010 school year. This was $2,250 for golf and $7,000 for swimming.
The cuts took affect during the 2010-2011 year and were anticipated to last for five years. Since then, the board agreed to continue the programs if parent groups would fundraise the other half, which they have effectively done so far.
Due to the most recent budget and USD 418's encouragement for activity involvement through the Citizenship, College and Career Ready Initiative, MHS Activities Director Shane Backhus approached the board to return full funding to the programs.
“I was very excited to hear the news that they are re-establishing funding for golf,” Coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “We have had great support from the community, which has allowed us to continue to have a golf program.
“I have been excited to see the number of young people that are learning the game of golf and spending the time that it takes to be a good golfer. There are many life lessons that can be learned in the game of golf, and I am glad that we will continue to offer those opportunities through our activities program.”
Funds that have already been raised toward the upcoming year will be kept with the McPherson County Community Foundation in case of future similar needs. This support totals about $4,200 for golf and over $21,000 for swimming.
“I just want to commend the parents that took up the torch for their kids to keep the programs,” Brad Berg, board member, said. “I know it was difficult for them, and it was difficult for the board to make the decision at that time. I know they were looking out for their kids' best interest in doing that.”