The fate of spring sports at Questa High School is in question after reports that the Questa Schools District could scuttle baseball and track.
Questa athletic director/head boys basketball coach Miguel Romero said all spring sports at the school are on hold as administrators and the school board deal with an expected cash shortfall with its budget.
The decision impacts the baseball and track programs. Practice for the spring season in the state begins on Monday for baseball and softball and Feb. 5 for track and field.
“It is temporarily on hold until the district can find some money,” Romero said after Questa played at Santa Fe Prep on Saturday afternoon.
Romero said it will not affect the boys and girls basketball programs, which are in the middle of their seasons. He added that he hopes to know more about the district’s intention by the end of the coming week.
“I”m hoping the board and the community get together and keep the sports for the kids,” Romero said. “Because it’s really for the kids.”
Romero’s statement comes on the heels of a repeated inquiry by The Taos News toward Questa administrators about rumors of spring sports being canceled that had circulated in the community for several weeks. According to sources within the athletic department, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of their jobs within the district, they were told sports were canceled for the spring on Friday.
District superintendent David Albert refuted the claim in a phone interview on Saturday, but questions remain about the fate of the two sports. According to Albert, there is no intention from his office to cancel the spring season. However, he acknowledged there might have been a misunderstanding between school personnel and the community at large. Albert went on to reiterate his support for athletics, expressing his interest in expanding the use of the facilities to the community during the off-season for adult recreation.
Questa High School principal, Dr. Mae LaBella, said she was not initially aware of any decision regarding the spring season, but learned about it on Friday evening. LaBella stated that since there were no classes on Friday, she learned about the situation via messages. She also said she would seek clarification from Albert on the matter on Monday.
No items regarding the upcoming spring sports season were on the agenda of the last school board meeting on Jan. 23.
The New Mexico Activities Association had not heard of the district’s intentions to forgo the spring sports season on Friday.
New Mexican Sports Editor James Barron contributed to the story.