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Update on Swim Program for 2017-2018

Caroline Collins

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Recently, the Pony Express posted the article below about the Harford County Schools’ Swim Program.  Since that article appeared, the County Council has met and disclosed their version of the school budge that INCLUDES the swim program.  It also cuts that $100 pay-to-play fee for Drama participants and alludes to the possibility of reinstating the overnight Harford Glen program.

The Council’s budget recommendation is just that; a recommended allottment of money.  It is now in the hands of Mr. Glassman who controls the amount of money that is “awarded” to the school board. The final announcement of the budget approvals should be released in June.  This is not a time to forget what is important.  Now is the time to prepare to state the needs of the students in this county and fight for what is right.

Previously posted on this site:

HCPS has released the 2017/2018 budget for the coming school year and it doesn’t include money to maintain the school system’s pools.

This has people in the HCPS swimming community worried, once again, that the swimming programs will be cut for sure next year.

Over 5,000 people signed a petition on Change.org last year to save the swimming program when HCPS proposed cutting it for this past year.

CMW Junior, swim team member, and long-time swimmer, Olivia Thrush shared, “All of my earliest and best memories come from being on a swim team, we can’t let a program that brings so much joy to so many people be cut by HCPS.”

Senior teammate and Captain Deena Silton agrees, and says she hopes HCPS finds a way to not cut the program so “future high schoolers get the opportunity I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of these past four years.”

The proposed budget isn’t finalized.  The Board of Education will vote on the budget at their meeting, January 23rd.

One thing is certain.  If HCPS does plan to cut the swim program again, the members of the swim community, all over the county, will once again not go down without a fight.

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