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Parents oppose Cedar Cliff, Red Land athletics merger

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Parents from Red Land High School and Cedar Cliff High School are putting up a big fight against a plan to merge their athletic programs.

The West Shore School District last week floated a plan to combine the rival schools' sports and extra-curriculars into one in an effort to save approximately $500,000 per year. The district is currently facing a $3.5 million shortfall.

Parents from both schools met at Gullifty's Restaurant in New Cumberland Wednesday night to discuss alternative options. They said their biggest gripe is that the school board isn't being transparent about finances.

"We haven't seen budgets, we haven't seen plans, we don't know what the expenses look like over the next four to five," Red Land parent Alan Todd said. "We keep hearing these giant holes. There's no explanation."

Parents have formed a coalition to present their concerns and input to the school board by the end of this week. A budget vote is expected by the school board in mid-January.

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