City mulls junior athletics handover

MONTGOMERY, AL. (WSFA) - Some parents of Montgomery County junior high students are in distress over the possibility their kids may lose their athletics programs.

The Montgomery City Council discussed a measure Tuesday night that would hand over the operation of junior high athletics to the county school system. However, parents are worried that the program will be phased out due to budget cuts, despite the fact that no cuts have been made to the athletics program so far.

School administrators say they are fairly confident that no cuts would come to the program.

"I would operate on the assumption that there will be athletics," said Montgomery County Interim Superintendent Clay Slagle. "I don't think that the board would take this on," he added, "but there is no guarantee that the city will be able to take this on in a couple of years either."

City leaders have pledged to fund the program for at least the next two years.

WSFA 12 News is talking to concerned parents and will have their story on WSFA 12 News at 10:00.