The Cahokia Syndrome: Financial woes, potential end of athletics/extracurricular activities at one Illinois High School sends a clear warning around the state
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:52:09 GMT —
THE CAHOKIA SYNDROME: WHAT'S TO STOP IT FROM HAPPENING HERE?
Three Weeks ago, Cahokia finished as the state runner-up in Illinois Class 3A Boys Basketball.
On Monday night, the Cahokia District 187 School Board voted to eliminate that same basketball team from competition next winter along with all other sports and extracurricular activities on campus.
It's the proverbial "nuclear winter" scenario designed to help a financially ailing school district shave some 4 to 5 million dollars out of the operating budget; a shortfall exacerbated by the State of Illinois being a million dollars plus behind in funding to that same district.
It's now also every high school athlete, coach, fan and athletic director's worst nightmare...now fully realized as a cautionary tale but also as a grim omen for the future of a troubled economy in the Land of Lincoln.
Where do Illinois High Schools go from here? What impact have the Cahokia shockwaves had on them? And how can they avoid the same fate?
The Athletic Director of West Central Illinois biggest high school shares his thoughts.....