CORONADO — After listening for 2 1/2 hours to pleas for continued support of Coronado High School's athletic program, the Coronado school board approved sufficient funding to maintain 15 varsity sports.
In approving the $120,000 allocation at a Wednesday meeting in City Council chambers, the board ignored recommendations of an advisory committee to cut the number of varsity sports by nine.
The Coronado Management Advisory Committee--formed three years ago to review the district's overall budget--recommended six weeks ago that athletics be prioritized into two categories, with the secondary sports facing elimination because of financial problems. Such a reduction would have left just two sports in each of the school's three seasons.
"We didn't think we'd lose the programs," Coronado Athletic Director Robbin Adair said. "We thought they'd go ahead and fund all of them, but with a little more money than they did."