PLUMMER, Idaho -- Parents and students are working to raise money to bring back school sports in Plummer, Idaho.
School officials said that voters turned down a school levy which cut about $2 million from the Plummer-Worley school district budget. That forced the school to cut athletics and coaches.
“I’m not worried about that portion. I would coach regardless if I was getting paid or not,” said Chris Dohrman, a football and basketball coach. “I just think it’s a big loss they’ll have if they’re not able to play.”
“I almost cried,” said Sheyenne Shamburg, a student athlete. “I was really mad, because that’s what all of my friends and pretty much the entire school lives on is sports.”
Roughly half of the students at Lakeside Middle and High School students took part in athletic programs last year. Some students fear that the loss of sports will negatively affect student performance.
“It’s kind of tough,” said Jonathan Daman, another student athlete. “I know for a lot of my friends, sports gives them a reason to keep their grades up and go to school. And so if you take that away, a lot of them wouldn’t be quite as ambitious to go to school and keep their grades up.”
Parents and students who met to raise money said the first step is to bring back football and volleyball for the fall. They need to raise about $127,000. Students plan to sell raffle tickets at events such as Hoopfest.
“I feel as though it’s a lot of money, but we can do it if we all try and actually follow through,” Shamburg said.