MCCPTA FORUM ON MCPS PROPOSED FY 2014 OPERATING BUDGETFEBRUARY 26, 2013Questions By Parent Tom HearnRegarding Funding For Athletic Trainers
Good evening Supt. Starr, County Executive Ike Leggett, members of the MontgomeryCounty [Maryland] Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education, and the members of theMontgomery County Council who were able to attend.My name is Tom Hearn and I am a parent of a student at Walt Whitman High School. Iwanted to ask Supt. Starr several questions regarding funding for athletic trainers.
Last night [February 25, 2013], the Board of Education voted to add $6 million inadditional funding for employee compensation to the $2.2 billion FY 2014 OperatingBudget that the Board recommended to the County Executive and the County Council.In Supt. Starr’s October 15, 2012 memorandum to the Board, he discussed options for hiring trainers.
Supt. Starr estimated that having a trainer as a full time employee at eachhigh school would cost $1.5 million. Having part-time trainers would cost $500,000.Question 1: Can you tell me whether the $6 million increase for employee compensationin the recommended FY 2014 operating budget includes funding for athletic trainers?Question 2: If athletic training funding was not added, how can you reconcile goinganother year without athletic trainers at MCPS’s 25 high schools with the view of RobertCantu M.D. and other sports concussion experts that, if you can’t afford to have trainers,you can’t afford to have an athletics program?Attached is a Maryland map showing which Counties have athletic trainers at their highschools.
As you can see, numerous other school systems, including Howard, AnneArundel, and Frederick Counties all have athletic trainers at each high school. Not on themap is Fairfax County, Virginia, just across the Potomac River, where each of its 25 highschools is staffed with two full-time certified athletic trainers.While high school sports provide many benefits, they also represent the school-sponsoredactivity that poses the most serious risk of personal injury to students. Sports are also theschool-sponsored activity that is most remote from the school system’s sole purpose of academic education. Among the risks of high school sports are injuries, includingconcussions. The injury to a student’s brain, along with the cognitive and physical rest