Can you talk about the different sports team’s battle for money and making sure each program is getting what they need?
I talked about teamwork in our head coaches meeting this morning and what that means. And that is we’re all on the same team working together shoulder to shoulder in the area of trust and commitment. Our head coaching staff’s have really stepped up. We’ve increased accountability and transparency and expectations of them. They know what the revenue sports are and they work within those guidelines. They all have a budget and have their own account to the point of knowing what is in their accounts and what has been taken out of their accounts. I truly do think we are working together on that issue. Would they always like to have more? Absolutely. But as we continue to grow and get better in our organization and efficiency and that sort of thing, they’re going to benefit form that, just like I’m going to benefit from it.
Can you talk about the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and the loss of the Lafayette schools and the need to possibly add more teams to the conference?
That will take place in the 2014-15 school year. It has been decided we will stay a 10-team conference for the next year to two years. That allows football to play outside the conference which a number of the football teams would really like to do. At this point, there’s not any planning that I’m aware of — and that really takes place at the principal’s level because they are the one’s that actually have the vote in the conference. So, at this point, there’s been no discussion about adding teams.
Since transportation costs continue to skyrocket, can you talk about that and the difficulties faced with the fluctuation in gas prices and the difficulty of budgeting for the unknown?