Athletic merger would harm both schools |

Athletic merger would harm both schools

High school sports are the heart of a small community -a rallying point for those who’ve been in town 30 years and those who just moved here last week.

They give spirit and individuality to a school, and provide a source of pride for students and graduates.

And those are just a couple of reasons why unifying the athletics programs at Tahoe-Truckee and North Tahoe high schools would be a bad idea.

While the decision to merge the two athletic programs may look good from the viewpoint of school district number-crunchers, it would rip the heart and soul out of the athletic communities in both schools.

Students identify strongly with their high school teams, and it’s a bit much to ask them to bridge a gap of 28 miles, as well as 25 years of rivalry.

The Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees should remember that some things are simply more important than the bottom line -including separate athletic programs.

Every other solution should be examined, including increased athletic fees, before discussing a merger again.

To do otherwise would shortchange both schools.

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