(Las Vegas, NV) – “This is one of the best dropout prevention programs we can have is activities and athletics.” Ray Mathis, Executive Director, Clark County School District Instructional Support & Student Activities talking about keeping kids involved in school.
The very real possibility of scaling back or eliminating co and extracurricular activities is something that has been looked at due to the need to shrink the budget, not only in Clark County but across Nevada.
Mathis told KXNT that a huge part of the $4 million budget for athletics in the district is simply getting students to their activities. “Last year we were over $1.5 million just in transportation.”
Paying coaches, security and officials is also part of the budget. Two years ago the district made sweeping changes and Mathis hopes by reducing the number of games it will avoid having to eliminate specific sports.
“We looked at all sports to try and reduce the game limits to keep us from losing a sport. It’s so tough once you lose a sport; it’s tough to get it back.”
The revamped CCSD budget will be released tomorrow.