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Nippersink District 2 cuts student sports fees

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

RICHMOND – Nippersink District 2 athletes will pay a lot less next year to participate in their sports.

The District 2 school board unanimously voted to cut the competitive sports fee to $50 from $150 to bring its fees in line with what other districts charge. Noncompetitive or intramural sports fees also were cut to $35 from $50.

“I would love to see the sports fees go down and participation go up,” board President Bert Irslinger said. “Hopefully, this will help to some extent.”

This year, 113 youths are in competitive sports for which they have to try out, such as basketball, cheerleading and volleyball, Associate Principal and Athletic Director Desiree Richards said.

Last year, 103 children participated in noncut sports, such as cross country.

The fee reduction will take the programs from being self-sustained to being subsidized by the district, board Vice President Sharon Bianchini said.

Fees help cover costs such as transportation. Fees for intramural sports go toward transporting children to Richmond Grade School, where they play, Richards said.

The district also waived the $35 fee to participate on a Future Problem Solving team, a competitive academic program required for students in advanced language arts, said curriculum director Belinda Veillon. The program fee doesn’t cover all of its costs.

Board member Mindy Ross said she wasn’t sure the district should charge any fee for something that is required.

The school board will look at registration fees at its February board meeting after staff conduct a survey of what other districts charge.

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