PPS looking at what sports are viable at all schools

Benson High School students concerned about losing football team

Benson High School's football team, file. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A week after Benson High School students rallied to protect sports programs at the school, Portland Public Schools confirmed they are looking at what sports are viable at all district schools.

Students gathered on June 20 to march from Benson HS to the Portland Public Schools office to tell the board not to get rid of sports. (KOIN)
Students gathered on June 20 to march from Benson HS to the Portland Public Schools office to tell the board not to get rid of sports. (KOIN)

At Benson, students, parents, coaches and alumni are fighting to save the school’s football team.

But PPS Athletic Director Marshall Haskins told KOIN 6 News it has nothing to do with finances.

Haskins wouldn’t say if there is a plan in place to make specific cuts at specific schools, but he did say why the district is considering making changes.

“If you don’t have everything, what are the things you should have that’s viable, competitive and makes sense based on your student population,” he said.

Not all schools offer every sport, and Haskins said the big concern is safety when it comes to not having enough students to field teams at appropriate levels.

Still, students at Benson say they don’t think it’s fair to take away what they already have without making cuts across all schools in the district.

Students marched to protect sports at Benson High School, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (KOIN)