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Here’s what’s grinding Turtleboy’s gears this morning:
— Paula Owen (@PaulaOwenTG) April 6, 2016
So apparently Oakmont Regional High School (Westminster-Ashburnham) is cutting both cheerleading and golf, as well as a bunch of freshmen sports. This is a school district where kids pay $300 per sport in user fees, which is comparatively high when looking at other districts, which is why this makes zero sense. We don’t know the first thing about the School Committee or School Department in this district, but we know from experience that something doesn’t smell right.
According to the Superintendent they have two choices – get rid of a teacher or get rid of these sports. That right there is the signal that something’s up. Because there is absolutely no way that those are the only two options. No matter what school district you are in in this state, there is ALWAYS bloated administrative salaries somewhere that can be cut. Schools are ALWAYS paying legal fees and other stuff that any consulting company would tell them to cut down on.
But the LAST thing any district should be doing is taking stuff away from kids. People forget that the reason teachers, administrators, school committee members, and superintendents have jobs is because of kids. Kids should ALWAYS be the priority. End of discussion.
And why are they cutting cheering and golf? Oh yea, because they probably consider these to be not real sports. I used to think the same thing about cheerleading, but I am man enough to admit that I was wrong. Cheerleading is most definitely a sport. It’s not like it was back in the day. Cheering isn’t something you do so you can make out with the star quarterback. It’s hard work, it’s competitive, they keep score, and these girls have been training for it since they were little lasses. They go to places like Gigueres and start doing backflips and and tossing each other in the air in the first grade. Their practices are several hours long. Their coaches are INSANE. If you think basketball coaches are crazy, check out a cheerleading competition sometime. Cheerleading coaches are ferocious savages when they’re on the clock.
And kids who cheerlead don’t really seem to care about cheering at games anymore. That’s more of an obligation at this point. It’s all about these competitions. They cheer to win the game, which makes it a sport. The only thing that I’d get rid of is the fact that smiling counts towards your team score. I’m not kidding either. The coaches stand in front of these girls while they’re cheering and they yell at them. One of the coaches is the smile coach. She just stands there and does this forced Hillary-esque smile and yells at them to smile more because they lose points if they don’t. That’s the only aspect I’d get rid of with cheering. In real sports smiling is for losers.
And what kind of bootleg welfare school doesn’t have a cheerleading team? Do they understand how poor this is gonna make them look? Fitchburg,Murdock (Winchendon), Gardner have cheerleading teams. All those places are dumps, and to my knowledge they don’t pay user fees. Even Worcester South High School cheerleaders roll 20+ deep. Sure, their uniforms don’t match, but at least they exist. So at basketball and football home games now there’s gonna be no cheerleaders? That’s borderline un-American.
Here’s my question – where did all the money go? These people in these two towns pay property taxes. According to the Fitchburg Sentinel, property taxes recently increased $500 per year on average in Ashburham. According to this link the two towns pay some of the highest tax rates in the entire state. Ashburham’s rate is higher than Worcester’s. We have crazy, bloated administration, chief diversity officers, Mosaic checks as far as the eye can see, Tracy Novick panhandling legal costs, a City Manager who gets paid a quarter of a million dollars, and every social service imaginable. Yet our high schools still somehow manage to have a cheerleading team. Oh yea, and our kids don’t pay $300 user fees either.
So basically, this is unacceptable. Like I said, we have no idea where the fat is in this district, but it’s somewhere and it should be cut before they ever even consider taking something away from children.
P.S. This is what happened when they tried to get rid of cigarettes in Westminsters:
We were with them on that one, and we hope that the citizens of these towns fight just as hard for the kids as they did for the right to purchase cancer sticks.
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