After piles of budget information were piled on them, however, the council delayed making a decision until at least their next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 13.
Assistant Superintendent Beth Sumner presented the SBMDC with the Board of Education’s budget numbers for both the athletic and band programs, outlining the total of supplements, employment costs, travel, etc.
Kimberly Crump, treasurer of the Trigg County Band Boosters and one of three parents present, presented the SBDMC with the budgets used in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 to operate the concession stands and facilitate fundraising opportunities.
Also, Athletics Director Taylor Sparks supplied a relatively simple graph outlining the number of students involved in each of the school system’s 18 sports.
Calling it “a wealth of information, High School Principal Sharon Knight told the council she understood that they needed more time to “digest” the information.
The meeting was neither as tense nor as well-attended as the previous meeting between Sparks, the SBDMC, Band Director Andrew Mroch and concerned band parents.
Sparks has requested that some of the proceeds from concession sales go to the athletic program, instead of exclusively to band. Band parents, however, have contested that students in band are already paying more out of pocket to participate, and rely on those concession sales to get by.
Sharon Knight said after the meeting that all options are still on the table — whether to split the sales (possibly by season, sport or even game) or to give one program sole control.
“It’s wide-open,” she said.
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