Two of the three cheerleading programs at West York Middle School might be reinstated after the West York Boys Club agreed to fund the football and basketball cheerleading programs.
The school board will vote next week on the agreement between the district and the West York Boys Club, which requires the club to pay $3,405.52 to the district by May 30 in order to include the cheerleading programs in the middle school next year.
Under the agreement, the club will only financially support the programs: the coaches and oversight will stay with the school district. That "minimalistic" agreement will be just for the upcoming year, superintendent Emilie Lonardi said.
The football, basketball and wrestling cheerleading squads were cut from middle school programming in February during a series of budgetary cuts. The middle school cross country team and the ninth-grade football team were also eliminated.
Several parents and students showed up at the April 15 board meeting to protest the cheerleading cuts, saying the participants didn't have enough alternative cheerleading options. The Boys Club could take some of the cheerleaders, but most 13-year-olds would be left without a program to join, said parents and Boys Club organizers.
The Boys Club agreed to fund the football and basketball cheer programs, because the organization already has those programs, Lonardi said. There is a possibility the wrestling program will also be reinstated because the coach offered to volunteer, she added.
"We'll just do it year by year and take a look at it," Lonardi said.
The board will vote at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.
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