South Bend Schools to Eliminate Athletics Positions

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Five athletic directors in the South Bend, (Ind.) Community School Corporation received notice Monday that their positions would be eliminated, effective at the end of the school year. The five officials include four high school athletic directors, as well as the athletic director to the school corporation at large, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The move was announced in a letter signed by deputy schools superintendent Todd Cummings, who told the affected officials that they’d be reassigned to a teaching position within the school corporation, but at a reduced salary. Cummings cited a number of reasons for the change, including declining enrollment, reduced funding and “leadership’s assessments” of the district’s needs.

Instead of athletic directors, the letter describes a new position called the dean of students and athletics, which will require an administrative license and marry some of the duties of the current athletic director position with other administrative functions, including student management. As of yet, it’s unclear how replacing the current AD positions with this new role will save money.

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