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Frederick Co. considers cutting sports

January 02, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick County school officials are looking at eliminating varsity swimming and all freshman sports to save money in the next fiscal year.

Under the school system's budget-balancing proposals, the county's three high school pools would be closed. However, coaches and parents are contacting school board members with their objections.

Middletown High School swimming coach Stacey MacMillan says now is not the time to cut swimming because the 2008 Olympics sparked new interest in the sport. She says the school board should make greater use of the pools for physical education, swimming lessons and lifeguard training.

MacMillan says a public hearing on the proposed budget cuts is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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