School Committee Guards Middle School Sports Program

Half of the $106,000 allocated to the middle schools' sports programs are paid for coach stipends.

East Providence School Committee members voted to not eliminate the middle school sports program, during Thursday night's meeting at city hall.

Members Chrissy Rossi, Ryan Tellier and Chairman Charles Tsonos voted to keep the programs.

"Our job is to educate the entire student [body], not just academically but socially," Tellier said. "It's the reason why many students come to school."

The extracurricular activities cost approximately $106,000 annually; half of the funds pay for coach stipends. According to Mary King, mostly teachers double as coaches and make about $2,500. 

Member Stephen Furtado was the only "no vote." He said community organizers like booster clubs could help raise funds, noting towns including Barrington and East Greenwich taxpayers do not pay for their middle school programs.

"The [funds] are for the adults not the kids," Furtado said. "Honestly we're looking for ways of getting the job done without costing us."

According to Mary King, once a sport is eliminated from the school department's budget, adminstrators cannot become involved in fundraising efforts. 

Interim Superintendent Edward Daft did not contribute to the motion.

The budget commission has authority to line cut department budget items.

Abigail Crocker February 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hi Susan, I am aware the picture is the Jr. Townies. Committee members have discussed supplementing the middle school sports programs with other sporting organizations not affiliated with the schools.
Susan February 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
That makes sense then. I was thinking the picture doesn't help the cause any. :)
1 Truth Seeker February 17, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Why are all the East Providence High School Coaches leaving the East Providence teams and going to coach in Barrington? Mr. Amore said he could no longer coach the hockey team but is now coaching the Barrington team and now Mr. Gorham is going to coach in Barrington too. It would be nice to see an article on each teams expenses and how much each coach, assistant coach and others get paid for these positions at the high school and jr. high levels.
JR February 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Susan "ITS FOR THE KIDS!!!" NOPE Mr. Furtado was right! 60% of the cost is for coaches pay, why ask for volunteers and cut the coach's pay??
Gregg Amore February 28, 2012 at 01:29 AM
My decision to leave the head hockey job in East Providence was not financial. I was not planning to coach in Barrington until my long time assistant and friend Derek Borek was hired as the Barrington head coach. My role as an assisstant ( far less responsibility) and the more convenient practice time allows me more time with my family. I could not have continued as a head coach in EP because of my family commitments....I spent ten years building a solid hockey program at East Providence and I loved every minute of it. I am thrilled with the success of this year's EP team and I am proud of the small role I played in the development of the current players.


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