Mitchell Board of Education Looks at Athletic Department Cuts
With schools forced to cut teaching positions and other key employees from the payroll due to shortfalls in revenue from the state this year, some school systems like Mitchell County are looking very hard at their athletic department budgets to see if there is any room to save money. School board members voiced their concerns on whether or not the Mountaineer sports programs at Mitchell High were taking its fair share of the cuts compared to academics. Mitchell Schools Superintendent, Dr. Rick Spurling said that he felt that the district had done a good job at spreading the money fairly. Spurling said that Mitchell County is on the bottom of the totem pole in coaches’ pay compared to surrounding districts and that it is already hard enough finding people to coach. The school board says that the proposed budget was reduced another $5,000 from the previous draft. Under the current draft there are 18 head coaches, 36 assistant coaches, an athletic director and a sports information director working with the 14 Mountaineer sports offered by the school that are set to receive athletic supplements.