NEW ATHLETIC Programs Approved [with video]
New indoor track and gymnastics programs, programs designed to act as a 'bridge' between fall and spring athletic offerings, were approved by the School Committee with the stern proviso that the programs be funded within the Athletic Department's existing budget.
Although generally supportive of the new program, School Committee Member John Giger - also a member of the School committee's budget and finance subcommittee - reminded Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey that his Athletic department had overspent last year's budget by about $50,000, thus contributing to last years financial crisis. Mr. Giger said, "I want to be very clear: we are not going to have an overspent department." McCaffrey promised, "that's fully understood."
According to Athletic Director McCaffrey, Groton Dunstable is the only school in the Midland-Wachusett League without an indoor track program during the winter months. He said about 50 students are expected to participate in the program, costing $18,712 to pay for transportation to events, uniforms, coaches and related fees.
Athletic Director McCaffery said that twenty-four girls had expressed interest in the gymnastics program, costing the department $8,042 for renting space at Planet Gymnastics in Acton as well as associated coaching expenses and fees.