Rose Hill Adds Swimming Despite Economic Times

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email
As many Kansas schools make cuts in these tough economic times, one local high school is adding another sport.

High school students in Topeka compete in swim meet.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

As many Kansas schools make cuts in these tough economic times, one local high school is adding another sport.

They have football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and track. Starting next school year, Rose Hill High School is adding swimming to the school's activities list.

"We have some kids that are in our district, who have been long-time swimmers, as they grew up in a swimming program," said Randal Chickadonz, Rose Hill Superintendent.

Never offering the sport before, Rose Hill is starting from scratch.

The school will have to hire a coach, but any needed equipment, and find a facility.

"We've made contact with swimming facilities, and they're all eager to help us get something started, and help kids fulfill their dream of continuing their career in swimming," said Chickadonz.

For some students in the area, their programs may see a cut next year.

Last week, Wichita schools Superintendent John Allison proposed cutting c-team and sophomore team sports to balance the district's budget.

Rose Hilly says they too are making cuts, but also making priorities.

"We're continuing to look at ways to provide opportunities for our kids. That doesn't mean we're looking at things we're going to have to reduce and make cuts somewhere, but, it's a lot nicer to provide opportunities to children, than to talk about the things we're not going to be able to do," said Chickadonz

"I think after the first year, it's going to be a pretty good thing," said Carrissa Hull, Rose Hill senior.

Superintendent Chickadonz says it could also help some students who haven't participated in the past, find their niche.

"This may be an opportunity for a student who's not involved, to find a way that they can become involved in a school activity," said Chickadonz.

The site the swim teams will call home has not yet been decided. The school hopes to have the decision made within the next few months.

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