Saturday, May 29, 2010


The Lockport Union Sun reports on Roy-Hart football...

ROYALTON — In a comeback that could be reminiscent of Frank Reich leading the Buffalo Bills, the Royalton-Hartland School District will field a varsity football for the 2010-11 school year.

Thursday the Board of Education accepted a donation of $20,312 from the Roy-Hart Sports Boosters Club for the district’s athletic program. That donation, along with some additional cuts made by district coaches, will save the Roy-Hart Rams varisty football season.

Because of budget issues, such as a $1.5 million loss in state aid, the district had planned to cut football from the 2010-11 spending plan.

Roy-Hart had until Tuesday to notify Section VI whether or not they were going to have a football team in the fall. Superintendent Kevin MacDonald said he had already made the call.

“I’ve notified the section we will have a football team,” he said. “The coaching positions have been posted. And I don’t anticipate any issues.”

The boosters club have had a number of fundraisers in recent weeks. Earlier this month the club sponsored a dinner, a three on three basketball tournament and have been running concession stands at a number of events to raise money. On May 18 at the budget vote and school board election the club also sold items from a Schwann’s home delivery truck.

MacDonald said Roy-Hart coaches also took a look at their own budgets to see if any additional cuts could be made. Some made cuts to equipment, while others will play less games to help save money. To have varsity football costs the district about $27,000.

“Without the support of the community at large this couldn’t have been done,” MacDonald said.