Billings Public Schools votes down adopting high school baseball

BILLINGS — Billings’ public high schools will be without baseball until at least Spring 2025.

The School District 2 board of trustees voted 5-3 against adopting the sport for West, Senior and Skyview high schools. The intention would have been to take the steps necessary to fund and implement the sport properly into the spring sports schedules and wouldn’t have begun until Spring 2024.

Ahead of the vote, SD2 Director of Athletics and Activities Mark Wahl presented a potential start-up plan for implementing it if it was approved. Details included total and individual cost calculations using figures that mimic the district’s current softball funding due to similar schedules and requirements.

It was estimated that approximately $33,000 would be needed for each school to start up the program through various fundraising in addition to an estimated $125,000-$140,000 in yearly expenses from the district’s general fund to maintain.

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Earlier in the month, Wahl met with representatives from local Little League teams, American Legion baseball, Billings Parks and Recreations and the Billings Mustangs. He said he received unanimous support for adding high school baseball and a willingness to work together to ensure there

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