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Milford Schools Fully Fund Lacrosse, Hockey Students Still Pay

Milford Indians hockey team, which was established in 1990, will receive $47,483 from Milford Schools in 2013-2014. Lacrosse, in its third year, will receive $73,864 in 2013-2014. Milford students who play hockey pay $850 in annual fees.

 

A large portion of Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting was dedicated to the question of whether or not Milford Hockey was a sport or a club and how the City of Milford funds its sports.

Milford Indians Hockey team Head Coach Sal Follo and Treasurer Arlene Willis attended the Board of Education meeting. They were glad that the program was receiving a $10,406 increase, from $37,077 in 2012-2013 to $47,483 in 2013-2014.

Milford School students at Foran and Law who play on the Junior Varisty andVaristy hockey team pay $850 per student to help with costs, as do Platt Tech students, who are all part of the team.

Lacrosse

While it has taken Hockey 23 years to reach the $47,483 in funding from Milford Schools, Lacrosse will now be fully funded by Milford Schools at a cost of $73,864 for 2013-2014.

Lacrosse was has been funded by Milford Youth Lacrosse over the past two years. 

Hockey is now the only Milford Schools sport that is not fully funded by the City of Milford, though Chairperson Casey pointed to the expensive nature of ice hockey, saying, "Can you write me a check for $80 for my daughter who swims on the swim team? The bottom line is that there are sports that have expenses and there are sports that don't have expenses."

JE January 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I expect Lacrosse players will contribute a decent amount of money too by way of their own personal equipment. It is my understanding that in these 2 years the lacrosse team has grown to be about 3 times the size of the hockey team. Certainly there is more interest in lacrosse.
Harlene LeVine January 24, 2013 at 01:36 PM
On its face, this looks unfair. I would like to know if the schools provide any funding for the hockey team above the $850 provided by the students. The members of most high school sports teams do aggressive fund-raising to supplement the school funding.
JE January 24, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Article is pretty clear the school system has been providing over $37,000 for the sport and will increase that by over $10,000 next year.
Starla January 24, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Perhaps the greater interest in lacrosse is because the parents don't have to come up with $850 for their kids to play hockey.
Larry Vieira January 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM
The more money spent on ice hockey the better!
arkay January 25, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Total waste of taxpayers' money.
RoOsTeR April 24, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Completely disagree Lacrosse is a fraternal class act sport that is respected and highly regarded as a staple in some of the most excellent school systems in the state. Supporting Lacrosse would only bring an interest from colleges and universities for recruitment and scholarships. Trust me I know from experience. As lacrosse grows in the Milford Schools Milford will grow as a community.

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