Costs Questioned

November 29, 2017

At a recent meeting of the District 233 School Board in Chicago, Ill., a resident alleged a lack of transparency concerning athletic teams' travel at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. According to the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, Peter Hallam, who lives in Flossmoor, addressed the board for the second time since October, when he asked why it gave preference to certain teams.

In the most recent meeting, he asked why the trips, which cost more than $8,500, were not on the agenda.

“The public doesn’t have any idea of what these trips cost and what amount is coming out of the taxpayers’ pockets,” Hallam said.

At October's meeting, Dan Vosnos, Athletic Director, had told Hallam that he works from a specific budget, and teams raise money to cover some of the costs. Steve Anderson, Board President, said the athletic department was within its rights to spend money on travel, which would potentially benefit the student-athletes. Only trips out of town require the board's approval.

“There are lots of good reasons for our kids to have these opportunities,” Anderson said. “College representatives have a better chance to view our athletes and there’s a more competitive environment.” 

Von Mansfield, Superintendent of District 233, said athletic scouts only attend regional competitions, so traveling is necessary for high school athletes to get exposure.

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