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Will soccer join district-funded sports?
Monroe Business Manager Ron Olson said the soccer program has met all the new criteria to become funded by the district. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - The Monroe school board approved guidelines Monday, April 8 specifying when athletic programs and co-curricular clubs can petition the board for funding - a move that could open the door for the high school boys and girls soccer programs to become district-funded sports. The guidelines, first proposed in March, include provisions for when a sport or team can be added, dropped or when a paid assistant coach or advisor can be added. A sponsoring organization can petition the board for a sport to become district-funded if the program has been self-funded for five years; coordinated the process with the principal and athletic director; maintained enough participants so it can field a team for five years; and remained competitive or shown improvement in winning games or competitions.