OSWEGO, NY – Over the last couple of months there have been some concerns by parents and students over the reinstatement of the before- (elementary) school intramurals program, according to Oswego school superintendent Bill Crist.
“During the budget process last year, the intramurals program was removed from the budget,” he said at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.
There are some longer-term options that may be put in place for next year, that could mean some scheduling changes for some staff members, he noted. On Tuesday he recommended put the program back for a couple days at the elementary schools each week.
The cost of the programs wouldn’t exceed $7,000, he told the board.
Claudia Chetney, a student at Kingsford Park Elementary School, told the board that intramurals is an important thing for many students.
“Intramurals is a very fun and healthy way to start off your day,” she said. “It’s a proven fact that exercise in the morning gives you a much more positive mood throughout the whole day. Having kids coming into school more positive in the morning will make the teachers’ job easier.”
It would also result in higher grades and students doing well over all, she added.
She had a petition signed by many fourth, fifth and sixth graders at her school who would like to see the program return.
Abby Douglas, president of the KPS Student Council, said Sam Broadwell, president of the student council at Fitzhugh Park, also had a letter to present to the board. She read it on his behalf.
Another student, McKinley Thompson, also spoke in support of the program.
Fourth grader Sophia DeLorenzo added that she hopes intramurals is returned to her school also.
“I strongly suggest it returns,” John Dunsmoor, board president, said following the speakers’ remarks.
The board voted 6-0-1 in favor. Fran Hoefer was absent Tuesday night.