Dirigo coach hopes to save JV team

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Dirigo coach hopes to save JV team

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:54 am

Concerned about long-term impact, Dirigo coach hopes to save JV team

... After losing his junior varsity team to budget cuts, Dirigo High School varsity baseball coach Ryan Palmer is prepared to raise money to fund a JV team for his program next season.

On Tuesday night, Palmer will go before the Regional School Unit 56 school board to ask for its permission to fund the team through private fundraising.

Last June, RSU 56 voters approved a $13.2 million budget after the board made several major cuts, including $17,090 to fund junior varsity teams for the high school and middle school.

“It is hurting programs,” said Palmer, who noted his ed tech position was also among the cuts.

Palmer is confident he can raise enough money from local businesses and citizens to fund a JV baseball team and JV coach for about a half-dozen games, which he estimated would require $4,000 to $4,500. Efforts to find any district or Maine Principals’ Association rules that would prevent him from raising the money and fielding a team for Dirigo have come up empty.

http://www.sunjournal.com/concerned-abo ... e-jv-team/
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