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Athletic fees to increase

June 07, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Washington County Public Schools athletes will pay $5 more to play beginning in the fall, Eugene Martin, schools supervisor of health education, physical education and athletics, said Wednesday.

The schools athletic fee, which was $40 per season in the school year that just ended, will be increased to $45 per season, Martin said. The increase was approved by the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.

The increase is expected to bring in enough money to fully pay sports transportation costs, he said.

The fee must be paid by athletes before they can play in a game, he said. The first games of the coming fall season are Sept. 4, he said.

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Practices for fall sports begin Aug. 15, and Martin said athletes should pay the fee after practice starts.

Financial assistance is available for students who cannot afford to pay the fee, he said.

During the past school year, schools collected the fee 3,130 times from between 2,000 to 2,100 students, he said. Some students play more than one sport a year.

Martin said $3 from each $40 collected was used by the individual schools to pay for security at sporting events. The rest of the money went to the school system to pay for sports-related transportation.

During the just-finished school year, the fee brought in $115,810 for transportation, which was about $15,800 less than the cost of transportation, Martin said.

The $5 fee increase will bring in an additional $15,650 next year, Martin said.

"It will help us just about break even with transportation," Martin said. "We're just trying to cover our expenses."

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