Marshall school board OKs adding swimming to sport lineup

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Athletes at Marshall High School will be able to take to the water next year with the Marshall Board of Education's approval of swimming as a school sport.

Dan Musick, whose children participate in a club swimming program, pitched the idea at last month's board meeting. The board tabled the matter then, but voted unanimously to approve adding the sport Tuesday.

One reason for the delay in approving the program had been questions about its cost. Rob Gordon, superintendent of schools, provided the board with cost estimates calculated by Tom Sandwith, school activities director.

The largest costs for the program will be related to travel expenses. Gordon said to be eligible to compete in the state meet, teams have to participate in eight meets. Since Marshall probably would not host a meet its first year, this would mean traveling to schools in Sedalia, Warrensburg, Kansas City and possibly St. Louis. The travel costs for the boys and girls teams was estimated at $2,880 each, for a combined total of $5,760.

The teams would also need coaches, a position that pays $2,500. With the cost of using the YMCA pool for practices, warm-up suits and entry fees, the total cost of the program was estimated at $16,672.

Because the uniforms cannot be passed from one student to the next, team members would be required to provide their own swimsuits. Musick said the suits cost about $30 each, which is less than what students in other sports pay for shoes.

Gordon said the swimming program is not in the current draft version of the 2005-2006 budget, but should be able to be worked in with little difficulty.

Contact Chris Post at

marshallhealth@socket.net

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