FAIRFIELD — The gravity of a school board vote in February to cut high school sports and many clubs and activities set in Wednesday night at a raucous meeting inside Armijo High School’s gymnasium.
Unless there is an eleventh-hour agreement by district unions to cover the costs or a swell of community fundraising, the board’s Feb. 23 vote to cut $450,000 in stipends will stand when the budget is finalized next month.
Gone will be all high school sports, yearbook club, Junior ROTC, student newspapers, pep band, drill team, academic decathlon, student government and other activities at Armijo, Fairfield and Rodriguez high schools.
A cut of that magnitude to sports would be historic. High school athletic officials at the state level said Wednesday they know of no district cutting all sports.