Athletic director gives financial update

EAST LIVERPOOL – After a month off the job, newly rehired athletic director Robert Shansky has hit the ground running, getting everything into place for the upcoming sports season, and Monday was no exception as he lobbied the school board’s athletic committee for the financial means to make that happen.

Shansky presented an overview of the athletic department’s financial needs, which includes everything from golf shirts to busing, telling the committee, “We’re in dire need. I hope you’ll take it to the board.”

He pointed out that, by the end of last school year, the board had given the athletic department between $70,000 and $75,000 which was essentially for busing and workers, saying, “We’re going to need it (again), as you can see.”

Shansky said some revenue will begin coming in as soon as this week with the start up of season pass sales, but pointed out, “Every event costs money and most of our events are non-profit.”

Treasurer Todd Puster said the board is allowed to give the athletic department half of 1 percent of its budget, which would amount to $125,000, and Shansky asked that the committee ask the board look at that amount or the same $75,000 it provided last year.

“We can’t wait too long. We’re asking for sooner, rather than later,” he urged.

At the school board meeting that followed the committee meeting, board member Scott Dieringer noted he will get with Puster to work out the athletic department’s financial needs.

Joe Reynolds, vice president of the Blue and White Touchdown Club, also spoke to the committee about finances, asking if the club could work the gates at an upcoming Jamboree event and receive the gate fees to help defray the $29,666 cost of football uniforms the club paid.

Shansky had reported on the Jamboree earlier in the meeting, saying each team pays $250 to participate in the scrimmage and admission is charged as with regular games.

He advised Reynolds the event is a contracted event with Crestview.

Reynolds also asked about the possibility of contacting officials of the Little Potters football league to ask about getting a donation since “everything they do is on school grounds.”

The league is not affiliated with the school district, and Reynolds said another little league football team in the area that uses its school’s facilities makes $20,000 annually in gate receipts and other revenue and always gives the school district a $1,500 donation.

Dieringer, chairman of the athletic committee, said, “This is something this board needs to take up,” pointing out the district does charge everyone else to use its facilities.

Reynolds said another district charges a little league team in its area $200 per game to use its facilities, totaling $600 per weekend.

No decision was made.

Shansky told the committee the “numbers are very good” for this fall’s sports teams and there are “great kids working hard” on the teams, also commending the parents and coaches.

It was announced the mandatory OHSAA meeting for the parents of all athletes involved in fall sports is 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Fieldhouse, with Shansky to meet with coaches at 5 p.m. in the auditorium.