Lacrosse players and swimmers O'Fallon Township High School urged district leaders to save their sports in the face of a deepening financial crisis.
"I can't understand how cutting lacrosse and swimming would be that much of a benefit money wise," says sophomore Nolan Bradley.
Superintendent Dr Darcy Benway says nothing has been decided but she is looking at ways to close a $1.7 million deficit this year and a $2.3 million deficit next year.
Other options include cutting staff, including teachers, and increasing class sizes.
Benway says a combination of declining property tax revenue and cuts in state aid have put the district in a position where if nothing is done they will run out of money in four years.
"We need your help in solving this problem," Benway told the crowd.
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