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APS to cut middle school sports over budget concerns

Danielle Todesco and Associated Press
April 14, 2017 06:48 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There will be no more middle school sports for the state's largest district. Albuquerque Public Schools confirmed Thursday it will cut all middle school sports for the 2017-18 school year.

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A lot of parents and students KOB spoke with hadn't heard any word of that decision. District spokesperson Monica Armenta said it will be up to each school's administration to notify students and parents.

Armenta said the district has gone to great lengths to figure out how to keep the cuts out of the classroom after massive budget cuts and declining enrollment. Cutting middle school sports means a savings of $500,000 to $750,000 across the 26 APS middle schools.

Teachers would lose coaching stipends and short-term coaching contracts would be eliminated.

Parents like Toni Baca are devastated.

"Kids need extracurricular activities to keep them out of trouble and to keep them busy," Baca said.  "To take that away from the kids, I think, is just ... it's heartbreaking."

The district also says this has been an open discussion for some time.  Baca said she was never notified about the possibility of losing middle school sports.

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