Ann Arbor Public Schools administration sent out a letter to families today outlining the district’s 2011-12 athletics plan.
In a major departure from the iteration most recently presented to the board of education, the final plan does not raise pay-to-participate fees. It also retains cheer and dance as varsity sports.
The letter states that this is the final verdict – after gathering feedback from parents, coaches, boosters, and the school board – on what has been an ongoing discussion since district athletic directors unveiled their original program cuts in late June. Finally, the letter sent today also warns that, although a “favorable return on expenditures” allowed some program reductions to be avoided for the coming year, the district is “fully expecting reductions will again have to be made [in 2012-13] based on the State’s financial status.” [.pdf of letter sent to district families]