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High school sports face funding challenge

Original post made on May 22, 2012

For years the biggest problem facing high school coaches in Pleasanton has been determining who will be the key players and how to beat opposing teams.

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Posted by xyz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Is it true that football programs more than pay for themselves? Does anyone know. I hear that a lot, but I have no idea if it is true.

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Posted by jill
a resident of Birdland
on May 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Nobody has ever said that Pleasanton has a great school district because of the sports teams. So no, the programs do not pay for themselves. However, I think it is a good thing and probably keeps some kids in school that would not have completed their schooling, plus it gives the kids something to do after school, instead of causing trouble. Amador Valley athletic boosters raise a ton of money. I am not sure why Foothill cannot do the same. Also, if there is not a lot of support in the boosters at the school, that kind of says something about the parents of kids in the sports. I think Foothill needs to learn more on what Amador does and "step up to the plate". I don't want to see Amador sports having to be canceled because Foothill cannot raise as much money.

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Posted by no
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

to xzy... someone told me that football program is the one that has the largest negative balance at FHS. I don't know if that is true or not.

Jill...why are pitting one school against the other?

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Posted by jill
a resident of Birdland
on May 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

The contrary. The district is. They are saying that if both schools do not raise equal fund that they will cancel the programs at both schools as they want equal programs at each school. I don't want to loose what is at Amador but the district is saying that unless Foothill does an equal amount of fundraising, they will cut equal amount of programs at both school.

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Posted by Lucia Holman, President Foothill Athletic Boosters
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I'd like to thank everyone for their comments. This has been a year of transition in how we go about supporting the athletics program at Foothill. AVHS Booster President Sally Parsons was kind enough to meet with us at the beginning of the school year to share her successful methods and ideas. I continue to benefit from her guidance and thank her for her graciousness in willing to be one community of "Booster Parents". As Ken Mano indicated in his note we have also transitioned to having teams participate at a greater level in fundraising opportunities to build up their team accounts. It has been a gradual process but one that continues to grow. We continue to add fundraising opportunities to allow teams the ability to fundraise through a school/community effort as well as their own individual efforts. We are working with coaches, athletes and their parents to continue their efforts to make their programs successful. Regarding the "voluntary donation" language that continues to be discussed, this is a directive from the legal counsel at the district level. All schools in Pleasanton are to use this language when discussing their programs with parents. This was not a choice made by Foothill alone. Everyone is to use this language. Having said that, we all need to be aware that our property taxes do not go directly to PUSD. They go directly to the State of California who then disburses the money throughout the state. Funding for athletics has dwindled and does not reach our district. Therefore our district has no money to allot to any of the schools. So we must turn to the parents and ask for your assistance. Many parents have expressed that we put our child in a public school and shouldn't have to "pay to play". That concept while true is no longer realistic. Our children gain a great deal from participating in sports. Is every experience wonderful and enlightening?? No. But that's reality and I would rather our kids learn how to deal with that now than as adults incapable of handling rejection or the tough demands of a job. So I ask each of you with a child who plays a sport or is thinking of playing a sport at any level, to support your child's team as much as you can financially. If you can't make the full amount that's suggested then pay what you can. Payment plans can be arranged as well. If you can't pay, ask your coaches how you can help. There are many volunteer opportunities available. If you have fundraising ideas share them and better yet, offer to run them. Offer to drive, hold a dinner for the athletes and their families, take tickets at a game,etc. I look forward to working with many more of you as we continue to evolve our support of our Pleasanton Schools! Go Falcons and Dons! I truly believe you're the best of the best!

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Posted by Barbara Kirk
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I would like to say, "ditto" to everything Lucia said! I would also like to encourage everyone to look on the bright side - Foothill is "stepping up to the plate". A lot of parents donated time, talent and funds to our Denim & Diamond event and many more are helping with our upcoming Falcon Royale in November. Our booster groups have decided to join together to host these events to show unity within the Foothill community. We hope the community at large will support that spirit. Let's stop the negative commentary and pitch in!
Barbara Kirk
Foothill Academics & Activities Booster

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