Operation Education: Keller ISD to cut athletic budget

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 7 at 1:27 PM

KELLER — To save $800,000, Keller Independent School District is prepared to make deep cuts to the athletic program, and that includes football. The district faces a $30 million deficit.

Effective immediately, as many as 1,000 students in the district will not be able to play a high school sport.

It is the first time in recent memory that Keller ISD has cut so deeply into its football program.

The plan is to shave the number of high school teams from seven to four or five.

Coaches are on the chopping block, too. Teams will now have only one assistant coach. The freshman and junior varsity teams are being targeted, even though the varsity teams will also take a few hits.

Each team eliminated will save the district $3,000.

Keller ISD officials said they considered a pay-to-play system, but they are now focused on a new goal. They are going after an election to raise property taxes in the next few months.

E-mail  cvega@wfaa.com

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