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Forum: Uncomfortable with H-F’s ‘ringers’

Updated: March 14, 2014 8:46AM



Regarding the girls basketball team at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, in addition to the points made well in Phil Kadner’s recent column, it seems that this situation raises at least two other important public education policy questions.

Operating H-F is expensive. The 2013-14 budget, excluding capital projects, calls for spending more than $50 million. For a homeowner in my neighborhood, H-F District 233 amounts to 32 percent of the property tax bill.

When the basketball team (either gender) takes out-of-town tournament trips to showcase three or four kids to college coaches from around the country or to help the coach build his professional resume, is that a fair use of the limited resources of the school and one that taxpayers feel comfortable with?

Whether H-F actively recruited an all-star girls roster or did so by wink-of-an eye tactics, another unfortunate consequence is that it spoils the interscholastic basketball experience for the teams that H-F plays. Should the H-F community and the players be proud of beating several teams by lopsided margins? Or should they be embarrassed by the poor sportsmanship shown in putting together a team of ringers?

George J. Barry

Flossmoor



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