At the School Board meeting of March 8th, we asked the board to revisit their vote of February 3rd to designate field hockey as a Tier 2 sport. We scrupulously went over the budget, corresponded with LCPS offices and, to the best of our understanding, believed that the Superintendent’s budget funded field hockey on page 52 of the budget. Before presenting these arguments, we received confirmation from the Superintendent’s office that our comments were correct and accurate. However, after the March 8th meeting, the Superintendent’s office contacted us to explain that the budget also includes a line item “Miscellaneous Revenue” on page 25, and this line item includes funds the school system expects to receive from the field hockey parent organizations. As such, field hockey is budgeted as a Tier 2 sport – the costs of field hockey being offset by the revenue from the field hockey parent organizations. To put things mildly, this situation is both disappointing and extremely frustrating.
The Board of Supervisors is unlikely to fully fund the School Board’s budget, and accordingly there will be little chance of convincing school board members to allocate funds to field hockey in the fall of 2016. Still, we are asking the field hockey community to reach out their respective Supervisors on the Board of Supervisors, and advocate for fully funding the School Board’s proposed budget to give us a chance at further advocacy before the School Board. You will also want to thank School Board members Sheridan, Huck, Maloney and DeKenipp for voting IN FAVOR of TIER 1 status for girls field hockey.
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If the Board of Supervisors were to fully fund the School Board’s budget, convincing arguments could still be made to fully fund girls’ varsity field hockey.
However, it is much more likely that field hockey will be a Tier 2 sport this fall. This will require the following:
Each school intending to field a team will need to (1) establish a parent organization (separate from the booster club) and (2) the parent organization will need to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the school. The MOU will set forth that the parent organization is fiscally responsible field hockey budget items (e.g., coaching stipends, officials, necessary equipment, uniforms, and transportation). We have received information that the school system is developing a reduced budget for operating under Tier 2. We are currently expecting the budget for each team during the first year of Tier 2 field hockey to be around $14,000-18,000.
The parent organization for each team will need to be established as a 501c3 organization. We are in the process of developing guidelines to assist parent organizations in establishing their respective 501c3s. It is expected that each parent organization will need to enter into their respective MOUs by around mid May. Accordingly, if you would like to participate as part of your school’s parent organization, please notify us at email@example.com.