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Softball has to wait

Too late to pull together team for next year

After adding girls softball to its 2013-14 sports program in May, the Saratoga Elementary Dist. 60C school board Monday decided to wait a year.

The softball program will, instead, be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

“We have found that it’s a short time to schedule games and get the program up and running,” Board President Kathleen Cheshareck said.

The board voted to add the sport to the sports program at its previous meeting due to what Principal Joe Zweeres had described as significant student interest. A survey indicated 23 fifth graders, 19 sixth graders, and 15 seventh graders would be interested in trying out, Zweeres said.

However, the implementation was under the clock from the beginning, as games would need to be scheduled and a place to play would have to be found.

Board Member Scott Thorson supported pushing softball to 2014-15, saying it would be difficult to get the program running as quickly as they would need to.

“As much as I’d love to have it in place, I don’t think there’s enough time right now,” Thorson said.

“It was just too late to get up and running this year,” Superintendent Kathy Perry added.

In other business, Technology Integration Specialist Amy Shannon gave a presentation on software expenses and discussed cutting unnecessary programs to save money.

Some programs, like Powerschool, are necessary. Others, she said, have been found to be either unnecessary or under-used and could be cut.

Apple Education Licensing Program, Study Island, AR Star Reader and Learning A to Z are the programs Shannon said could be cut.

Doing so, according to Shannon, would save the district more than $27,000.

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