District 204 looks into cutting costs but students and athletic staff aren’t happy about it.
Recently, Athletico physical training presented the District 204 board with two contracts; one to replace teacher athletic trainers in the district with their own, something the company has done at Metea since its opening; and the other, to continue integrating the current staff with their own but taking charge of operations themselves.
Either would cut costs if fully implemented in the district. However, at the latest board meeting students and staff expressed their disapproval of the plan. Arguing teachers are inclined to be more invested in their needs.
“Nothing can replace the relationships built in the classroom than caring for their medical needs after school during their sports,” said Teacher Athletic Trainer, Kathy Powell.
Currently at Neuqua and Waubonsie, teachers are given an option to become certified athletic trainers and work with Athletico to advise athletes, something that many see as a benefit to the students.
“It’s not bound by time, it’s not bound by what my hours are, it’s bound by what the students need and I know I can speak for the staff I work with and they do whatever they can to help these athletes whenever they can. We work with athletes before school, after school, in our plan periods and whatever we can to give them the best treatment,” said Jason Aquilla, a Teacher Athletic Trainer.
In a statement District 204’s Assistant Superintendent of High Schools Louis Lee told Naperville News:
“As a cost savings measure, administrators are looking into using Athletico at all three high schools. We are keeping in mind retaining the things that are most important, including providing excellent medical care for athletes and keeping the student athletic training program. No proposals have been presented to the Board of Education, but it is anticipated that a recommendation will be made at an upcoming meeting.”
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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