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Hermantown High School cheerleader Courtney Martin (center) — holding hands with teammates Megan Gries (left) and Lexie Pohl — breaks into a smile after Hermantown School Board members voted to restore funding for the cheer program at Monday’s board meeting. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Hermantown School Board reverses course on cheerleading cuts

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Two weeks after eliminating funding for cheerleading — a move that led to community outcry and surprise — the Hermantown School Board voted to reinstate money for the program Monday night.

A crowd of often emotional supporters packing the small boardroom lined the wall and sat on the floor to both hear the board and speak about the activity.

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