“…the school board was able to justify it because it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. The Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation, a privately run booster club, has agreed to underwrite 100 percent of the cost of the program…”
With the help of a few major donors, the club was quickly able to raise $12,000, enough to fund the first two years of the program, Brewster said. Valley Center will begin play this spring with a junior varsity team then add a varsity squad in 2012.
Last June, the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District approved a plan to institute a boys lacrosse program at Valley Center High. How did the school district approve a new sport in this economic climate, when the state’s dire budget problems have reduced funding for education, including for athletics? Well, the school board was able to justify it because it won’t cost taxpayers a dime. The Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation, a privately run booster club, has agreed to underwrite 100 percent of the cost of the program.
“We used to say (a sport was) fully funded,” Valley Center athletic director Mike Cummings said. “There is not a sport on our campus that is fully funded. They all have to raise money in some areas.”
Valley Center already has 13 boys sports and 12 girls sports, including girls lacrosse, which is supported by the same booster group under a similar arrangement.
In the case of the boys lacrosse program, the school board wanted assurances that the Valley Center Lacrosse Foundation wouldn’t simply disappear once the parents who spearheaded this initiative see their sons graduate, leaving the district to fund the program.
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