Posted: 6:14 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
By Marc Pendleton
Schools that dropped sports and other close calls
Colerain, fall 2012: One sport defines the Northwest Cincinnati School District, football. Had a levy not passed, winter and spring sports this school year would have been cut and football in 2013.
Cleveland City Schools, fall 2011: Sports were to be cut last spring, but the city’s teachers union accepted a lesser contract to help offset $13.2 million in budget cuts. The school board reinstated spring sports.
Miamisburg, spring 2010: Passed a 7.33-mill levy that saved sports that fall.
Grove City, fall 2009: Sports were canceled for the four high schools in the South-Western City School District near Columbus following a levy failure. It split the community; a November levy passed by 413 votes from 38,769 cast. Sentiment is Grove City sports have not recovered.
Preble Shawnee, fall 2004: A one-half percent income tax increase failed, which gutted all fall sports. Already a challenged football program, the result was many of its best upcoming players transferred or moved elsewhere. Haven’t had a winning team since; 0-10 this past season.
Xenia, 1990-91: Longtime residents refer to this sore point as the end of the Buccaneers as an area football heavyweight and emerging state wrestling power. The school lost more than 100 students who transferred following a failed levy. Ironically, the drop in $340,000 of state funding from decreased student enrollment was nearly twice the $183,000 the district saved in suspending sports.
Northmont, fall 1990: Citizens passed on a phased-in 16-mill property tax levy in August after twice rejecting 1 percent income tax hikes. A community group was formed to finance athletics, which the school board agreed to if a November levy had not passed. The school tried to revive the suspended football and soccer seasons but most opponents had already replaced the Bolts. Athletes transferred to Milton-Union, Wayne, Tippecanoe and Brookville that fall. Some seniors transferred back and graduated with their class the next spring.
Tecumseh, fall 1970: Because of a financial crunch, Tecumseh Local Schools delayed the start of the 1970-71 school year until October. Fall sports were cut and resumed that winter.
How the Ohio High School Athletic Association addresses schools that drop sports:
Bylaw 4-7-2, Transfer Bylaw Review; Exception #10 – School District Completely Discontinues Sports Programs.
Students can transfer with no penalty and not lose eligibility. They also can transfer back with no penalty prior to the start of the following school year if sports are resumed.