Midland High School students are heartbroken after learning the fate of their football program.
Wednesday night, district leaders voted 4-3 to discontinue their program.
Some leaders cited a half-million dollar deficit as their motive on voting to end the football program.
Midland high school’s football program was a co-op with Washburn and Henry called “River Valley Falcons”, parents say both of those districts will continue participating in the co-op.
Other Midland CUSD 7 board members believed that the football program is well-needed regardless of the district’s financial issues, including Board President Ryan Weber who voted for the program to proceed.
This isnt the first time that the football team was on the district’s chopping block. Leaders say two years ago they had a similar discussion about the team, however the district voted to keep the program afloat.
Dozens of team members, cheerleaders and parents were in attendance Wednesday pleading with district leaders to keep their beloved football program afloat.
Many of the students in attendance voiced their opinion during public comment, calling the team their family and stating football was a major motivation to keep their grades up.
Coaches even offered to forfeit their salary so the program could continue.
“I’m heartbroken,” said Cheerleader Lauren Connolly. “Each boy out there is my like brother, each girl is like my sister. I can look up to any of the girls or boys, they’ve taught me so many lessons, and I know if I need them they’d have my back as I’ve had theirs.”
Students and parents say they won’t give up on the football program.
We asked to speak with board members at the conclusion of the meeting, all declined to comment.
The superintendent also declined to comment on camera but says he recommended that board continue the program.