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BOE Should Fund Championship Bowling Team, Parents Say

Glen Rock bowling team parents think Joe Serico should be paid, and want busing provided for their athletes.

Glen Rock basketball players are bused to games. Their coaches receive paid stipends too. So why not the reigning county bowling champions, parents asked the school board Monday night. 

"We deserve the same funding as other sports are receiving," parent Michelle Strasburg said addressing the board.

Coaches in other sports like hockey and basketball receive stipends of $3,000 and north for their time. Glen Rock boys bowling coach Joe Serico, whose team won the Bergen County tournament a few weeks ago, does not.

Parents are worried Serico will not stick it out over the long haul if he doesn't receive some compensation.

"We would like to ask for $5,000 for our coach," Strasburg appealed to the board.

Strasburg asked that busing be provided as well to Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park. Many potential players were unable to join the team because they did not have a ride, another parent added in support.

The request, according to school board president Sheldon Hirschberg, has been brought to the administration but had not yet reached the board.

Glen Rock's school board will be exploring the idea, Hirschberg said, calling Strasburg's request "legitimate."

When the program was first presented five years ago, it was framed as not providing additional cost to the board. But, said Hirschberg, times change.

"Because that was said doesn't mean we can't change it. It is a work-in-process."

Keith Jensen February 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Out of curiosity, when was the last fundraiser the bowling team did to support their own team? Many cheer squads and dance teams make it a point to raise money to support their group. Notwithstanding theatrical clubs, language clubs and other town supported ones, but not necessarily BOE funded groups make it by taking on such tasks. I appreciate the bowling team. I was the Captain of my team back in Fort Lee where we too won the County and were able to bowl at the Showboat in Atlantic City. Guess what though, because we too were not funded the town did not allow us to travel to A.C. to compete, and we as children did not have the backing to raise money and support to compete there. I remember it well to this day. Not to say that the coach is not a swell guy and should be treated like other coaches, but perhaps if all teams (and some already do this) including the popular football, basketball, baseball etc... all kick in and show that the respective teams are raising funds and awareness for their needs, then the BOE could offer a matching gift? This will make the BOE funds go much further, teach the children that nothing is free and more importantly help all students appreciate their teams much more. Oh by the way, it would also lower your taxes.
Elizabeth Cox February 13, 2013 at 05:06 PM
i think the kids & coach should be treated like every other team- they have bused fans for state games etc.. why not offer a bus for the bowling team to get to there matches- how terrible that people couldn't do it bc of not having a ride- the HS kids who drive can't have more then one person in the car- and it shouldn't be up them to transort other children- total liability for them and the family-
Brian February 13, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Just more of a reason why the law regarding number of kids in a car driven by a Senior is so asinine. In a time of budget cuts why wouldn't this be a better solution. But yeah, $10k for the bowling team to cover a coach, buses and maybe some shirts probably should fit in the 2013-2014 budget.
Rene February 13, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Just like how Hockey started in town. Was going to be self sufficient, but is part of the programs now and is a tremendous success. Just pay for them, and get it over with.
USAUSA February 14, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Hey Violante, why don't you give up one of the many Assistant Football coaches who get paid a stipend and give that money to the bowling coach. Since you want to make sure "everyone gets a piece of the pie

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