Clark Superintendent Clarifies BOE Financials and Athletic Offerings at ALJ

Text message sent to the parents of ALJ football players the day after the BOE's announcement that the freshman football team would be eliminated. Credits: TAPinto Clark

CLARK, NJ – On Wednesday, Clark Superintendent Ed Grande sent a letter to parents.  According to Grande, his letter is intended to “clarify some misrepresentations that have arisen regarding the Clark School district’s financial situation and athletics program.”  Grande’s letter is attached to this article.

This letter comes on the heels of the Monday's BOE announcement regarding the elimination of freshman football, basketball and baseball from the offerings at Arthur L. Johnson High School this year as part of their continuing efforts to balance the budget. 

 During the meeting the BOE indicated all varsity sports programs will remain intact.   Freshman will be allowed to try out or participate in junior varsity level sports. 

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The following day, according to parents of ALJ football players, a text message came to parents from ‘Johnson Football’ saying, “there is a Freshman football program and that it is not cut from football.”     

After word of the changes spread, many residents took to social media to air complaints about the decision, express confusion over freshman sports opportunities and share concerns about the budget woes the district is facing.

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