The East Ramapo school district had its budget voted down by members of the community earlier this spring. In the little world of varsity sports, it called into question the future of Spring Valley and Ramapo athletics. Readers here have written in to say the football programs would merge this fall, causing another reshuffling of the Class A schedules for the 2010 season.
The district’s school board met last night to discuss whether the schools would operate with austerity budgets or whether the town would re-vote on a new proposal. You can read the particulars, which were written in a story by our news department that ran on Wednesday morning.
I called Spring Valley AD Bill Pilla on Wednesday night to ask him about the rumors of a merger. “As of now, there’s no intention of doing that,” Pilla said. “We’ve put other things in place. I can’t give you any definitive answer, but from what I understand that will not happen.”
I explained to Pilla that readers had written in to ask about a potential merger and explained exactly why some were curious: Because it would impact other schools as well. From what he understood, East Ramapo would not merge major sports programs like football or basketball. His team has already begun workouts under second-year coach Andrew Delva (right), and held discussions about equipment with Ridell.
Those were the indicators that what he said was true, but Pilla made it clear: “I don’t know where rumors came from that we combined football,” he said. “We haven’t done that in any way, shape or form.”
Pilla said that the district’s athletic program will aim to piece together a sports budget that “will not affect the kids” with full varsity teams — even under an austerity budget. The numbers remain elusive, but that is East Ramapo’s goal.