Athletics and other extra-curricular activities could be axed at Sacramento City Unified schools if trustees approve a staff recommendation to cut financial support for such things as sports, band, cheerleading, choir, drama and yearbook.
The Sacramento City Teachers Association is anticipating up to 350 pink slips.
At a school board meeting Thursday, trustees will decide how to make nearly $8 million in additional cuts to balance the district's $22.35 million budget shortfall.
Among the other options outlined is further increasing class sizes, reducing counselors, further cutting adult education, a 5 percent salary reduction for all employees and eliminating one assistant principal position at each of the four high schools.
The district would save $1.26 million by cutting extra-curricular stipends and eliminating funds for uniform replacement, athletic trainers and transportation. Those cuts would make it especially difficult for sports programs to continue at schools without well-organized booster clubs. Fundraising efforts could save some programs.
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