At a recent Board of Education meeting, Dennis Maroney asked to hear discussion around the possibility of completely cutting freshman and junior varsity athletics. At the meeting Maroney added the caveat that this was not necessarily a move he was in favor of, but that creative solutions might be necessary after hearing feedback from other town boards and committees that the Board of Education budget was too high.
On Wednesday morning, Maroney made it clear that he is in fact in favor of this cut, as he formally recommended cutting the JV and Freshman teams. The recommendations including cuts of $59,770 for transportation, $26,450 for equipment, $23,785 for officials, and $152,510 in stipends, a total dollar amount of $262,515. Asked for the rationale being this cut, Maroney said, “I think our budget is high and, to me, this is extracurricular. It’s not mandatory to have a freshman sport or a jv sport,” adding, “I’ve heard no other district has ever done this. Ridgefield cut five or six jv and freshman sports six years ago. They're in our DRG. They're in our conference. This is not something unheard of.”