When Southeast Arkansas high school football teams take the field next month, the Dermott Rams will not be suiting up.
The Dermott School Board, in an effort to help the fiscally distressed district, cut the football program on April 14.
“The board ordered to do away with it for financial reasons,” said Dermott School Superintendent Alton Newton.
In addition to cutting the football program, the board also eliminated several teaching positions and reduced some teacher contracts, saving the fiscally distressed districts somewhere in the neighborhood of $650,000, according to Newton.
The state Board of Education placed the district, which has lost 170 students in the last four years, on fiscal distress on April 11. Being on fiscal distress means the district has two years to address its problems using state-approved improvement plans, according to an Arkansas School Boards Association Publication.