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Wolcott Tech fall sports are a go.

POSTED August 04, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: After another roller coaster of a ride day for students at Oliver Wolcott Tech high school that saw their fall sport programs cancelled and reinstated in a three-hour time span, has finally coming to an end.

The good news: all fall sports programs will be in action come this September.

“We got word late today that the fall sports programs at all our vocational schools are back on,” Commissioner of Athletics Bob McNamara said, “It will not hinge in any way on the SEBAC vote.”

SEBAC (the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition) and the state have been trying to work out a deal for a concession package that was thought to be the saving grace for schools like Wolcott Tech.

Without an agreement, it was announced in July that the sports, arts and music program throughout the Technical school system would be eliminated or cut drastically for a number of years.

The last few weeks have been extremely tough on students, parents and one very tired and dedicated athletic director, Ray Tanguay who oversees the Wildcats programs.

“This has been cut wrenching,” Tanguay said, “I always felt for the kids. I’m not sure who to thank but I’m grateful to all those who worked so hard to get this done.”

If sports programs had been eliminated around the state at the Tech schools, the ripple effect could have been tremendous, according to McNamara.

“Every school in the state could have been effected,” McNamara said, “We don’t even know what the long term effects might have been. Would schools have been hesitant to schedule games based on the uncertainty? It could have been a nightmare.”

Over the past few weeks, Governor Dannel Malloy had said he didn’t want to see sports cut, something McNamara was grateful for.

“We really appreciated him coming out and saying that,” McNamara said, “I am so grateful to all those who worked so hard behind the scenes to get this done.”

At present, all sports programs are suspended at the Technical schools but that may change soon.

“We will wait to get the official word from our leaders,” Tanguay said, “We are hopeful we can get to work soon.”

Turn it off and take the key: this roller coaster ride is one Vocational students around Connecticut kids never want to take again.

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