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Sioux Falls school board takes preliminary vote to elimiante gymnastics

The Sioux Falls School District Board of Education tentatively approved next fiscal year’s $326 million budget Monday night, and that included cutting the gymnastics program, despite outcry from gymnasts, parents and coaches throughout the last month.

Three student gymnasts and five parents spoke Monday night, asking the board to consider keeping the sport within the district’s offerings, but the board voted unanimously on a budget that will eliminate it. After the vote, several girls in the audience cried and embraced each other.

Gymnastics was budgeted at $76,094. The sport had a headcount of 58 athletes last school year, according to the district’s count, making it the second-least competed-in sport for girls after wrestling (33 participants last year), and before the dance team (72 participants last year) and the tennis team (75 participants last year).

This budget will be brought forward for final adoption and certification of levies in the board’s July 10 meeting, but board members made their stances on the gymnastics issue clear Monday night, and they are unlikely to change their views by the next meeting.

The decision to cut gymnastics in Sioux Falls follows a similar decision made in Rapid City, and promises from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to “protect” womens’ and girls’ sports.



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