(MCT) -- Brownsboro ISD is considering adding soccer to its sports lineup.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to address the school board on March 17 about the possibility.
The district must decide if it can afford the program.
Based on the stipend schedule for coaches, a varsity head soccer coach would make $4,000 a year on top of their teacher's salary. Assistants would get a stipend of $2,000.
Yearly expenses would include $2,000 for officials, $3,000 for equipment, $4,500 for student travel/tournament fees/meals and $100 for adult travel meals.
A quote from East Texas Sports Center in Marshall for starting a soccer team included $21,817 in additional fees.
Start-up costs include game balls, goals, shoes, home and away jerseys, practice equipment and cold weather gear. Since soccer season is played from December to April, cold weather gear is a must.
If BISD decides to add soccer program, it likely would have four teams: varsity boys, varsity girls, junior varsity boys and junior varsity girls.
Every player would need equipment, so the start-up costs could exceed $100,000.
Another obstacle would be providing a place to play and practice. Bear Stadium is a possibility, but game fields in soccer are wider than football fields.