See the article in USA Today at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/2009-09-02-budget_sports_cuts_N.htm
While high schools across the country cut back in sports and other extracurricular activities, the Academy continues its disproportionate expansion of athletic facilities at taxpayers’ expense.
“I thought it was the worst thing in the world,” a high school official in Ohio said of the school board’s decision to cancel activities after a proposed property tax hike was rejected by voters in August, the third time it failed.
In this Ohio district, no one has been spared, not even the high school’s marching band because there are no football games and nowhere for the marching band to march.
“High schools across the USA are reporting that the recession has led to similar financial difficulties for extracurricular programs, forcing cost-cutting that is particularly painful now, as fall sports seasons open. From Hawaii to Rhode Island, school systems are trimming compensation for coaches, eliminating transportation, adding or increasing athletic fees for students, holding fundraising drives, cutting back on night games to save electricity costs and dropping some sports and related events altogether.”
By contrast, the Academy has no apparent fundraising program, is not turning off their lights at night, and is going in the opposite direction by expanding their athletic facilities … at taxpayers’ expense.