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After-school sports mostly unaffected by D60 strike

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As the strike continues for Pueblo City Schools teachers and paraprofessionals, after-school athletic practices and events remain largely unaffected.  "Our coaches are still continuing to coach," said District 60 Athletic Director Rick Macias.  "Even though they're teachers, they do come back and coach their sporting event."

A regional middle school track meet was held Tuesday afternoon at Dutch Clark Stadium on the second day of the strike.  Macias says coaches' contracts, which are separate from teachers' contracts, allow them to halt their coaching duties during the strike, but so far only one golf coach has skipped an event during the strike.  "When that happens, we have one of our administrators fill in as the acting coach," Macias said.

The timing of the strike coincides with the conclusion of the spring sports calendar.  "Right now, we're in postseason, so a lot of our activities are playoffs, so we cannot afford to forfeit a playoff game," Macias said.

Other activities, such as performing arts, are differently affected since the practices for things like band and choir occur during instructional time.  Prolonged absence from school and those practices could result in the cancellation of certain events.

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