NORTHVILLE - Junior varsity boys basketball will continue this year in the Northville Central School District after the Board of Education voted to fund the program with $8,000 at its recent meeting.
The vote Sept. 18 came in response to a member of the booster club who expressed concern that the new club has had too much pressure put on it to raise the necessary money.
However, board Vice President Sheldon Ginter didn't see it that way.
"We weren't putting the [burden] on anyone else to raise that money," he said.
Superintendent Kathy Dougherty agreed. She said Tuesday the booster club wasn't meant to fund an entire sport.
"The club helps purchase warm-up suits - extraneous costs other than the costs of the coaches and uniforms," she said. "[Saving boys JV basketball] was one area the board was looking at, so the booster club decided they wanted to help."
The $8,000 could be reduced to $4,000, however, because there isn't enough interest for the girl's basketball programs to have a junior varsity team.
Northville Athletic Director John Karbowski said at the meeting that 35 boys in grades 9 to 12 were signed up for basketball as of Sept. 18, which would result in 20 students being cut if there were no JV team.
"Not having a JV team would decimate the program," he said. "I think it's a big thing for the kids."
Board President Jim Beirlein said that the board was sympathetic toward the issue, and the members didn't aim to cut the program.
"We don't cut programs because we don't value it. It's simply due to the budget," he said.
Karbowski said he will continue to keep an eye on the numbers of girls signed up for basketball, and expects some increase as the season nears. However, he doesn't know if there will be a large enough increase to attempt to have a junior-varsity team.