Saline school board eliminates club fees but delays vote on pay-to-play for sports
Saline Area Schools' Board of Education voted Tuesday in favor of eliminating the district's $40 participation fee for clubs and other extracurricular activities, but delayed a vote on pay-to-play fees for athletics, said a report in the Saline Post.
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The cost of club sports, however, has continued to be a point of concern for many school board members. Club sports — such as lacrosse, hockey, crew and water polo — carry a higher price tag to participate and no price reductions for playing more than one. These sports are not supplemented by money from the general fund like varsity sports — such as basketball, baseball, football and volleyball — so parents and students foot the bill for coaching costs, uniforms, equipment needs and any travel or facility expenses.
District officials again reviewed Saline's fees at a board meeting March 26. At that time, the board asked Superintendent Scot Graden to make a formal recommendation at its April 9 meeting.
According to the Post, at Tuesday's regular school board meeting, Graden recommended that the board not change pay-to-participate fees for athletics in the same motion that he recommended abolishing the $40 fee for after-school clubs and organizations.
School trustees decided to discuss the athletic fees more at the board's upcoming policy committee and consider action again at the first meeting in May, the Post says.