PCHS sports running out of money

Marlinton, WV – The school system often feels the pinch of budget shortfalls, but one place those constraints are readily apparent to students, and many in the community, is in sports.

Some sports make money, and some don’t, but whatever sport your child plays is likely the most important one in your eyes. Pocahontas County High School Principal Tom Sanders told the Board of Education at their Monday night meeting that the athletic program at the high school is in financial trouble.

Bad weather, lower than expected attendance, transportation and tournament expenses have all contributed to less than hoped for financial gains for the school. Sanders said there will most likely have to be increased emphasis on fund raising by each of the sports disciplines. He said, right now, football, soccer and basketball all run their own concessions, and those monies go back into their own individual sports. But that might change, and all concession funds might be pooled into a general athletic fund. Some sports, such as baseball and track, Sanders says, do not pay for themselves.

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