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Article updated: 2/14/2013 3:55 PM

Schaumburg District 54 examining sports offerings

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A committee of parents, coaches, principals and administrators is expected to recommend to the Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board this spring what types of sports to offer at the junior high level.

The panel has been working on the study since the start of the school year and its recommendations in some cases could be implemented as soon as the 2013-14 school year, district spokeswoman Terri McHugh said.

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"What they're looking at is ways to increase sports through the possible introduction of conference sports or intramurals," she said.

The panel will consider both adding new sports and eliminating sports that fail to to attract enough participants.

"We're interested in offering what the kids want so more kids can be involved," McHugh said.

The committee's work is just one of a number of focused programs each year that seek to evaluate how well the district is serving the community, she added.

That work began with a survey of junior high students about what sports they'd be interested in playing as well as a look at the offerings of other school districts in the region.

Among the factors the committee members will consider are the district's facilities, the amount of coaching stipends that would be required and other logistical factors, McHugh said.

The committee's final recommendation, when complete, will be forwarded to the school board for public discussion and a vote.

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