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Pay-to-participate expensive

June 27, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Ontonagon Area Schools Superintendent Gray Webber, during a recent school board meeting involving “pay-to-participate” for high school sports, informed the gathering that the “Forest Park School District in Crystal Falls was looking at charging $192 per varsity sport.”


“The $192 figure is from a conversation I had with Gray earlier this year in regards to this topic and reflects a cost analysis I did in regards to what it would cost each student to participate in each sport and have the costs of the sport totally covered in order to help save money and preserve sports,” Forest Park Superintendent Tom Jayne told me. “The proposal never went any further than the cost analysis as our budget is able to support the programs with the current pay to participate fee structure. At least for the 2011-12 school year.”

Forest Park School District currently charges students on the high school level $65 per sport and middle school students $45 per sport. This was increased last year from $40 and $20, respectively. The 2011-12 school year will see no increase.

Ontonagon settled on $100 (varsity) and $60 (junior high) per sport.

Those expensive numbers give another reason to support the Forest Park High School athletic department fund-raiser. “Cow Bingo” will take place Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alpha ball diamond.

Tickets ($50) are available at the Forest Park High School superintendent’s office, Crystal Falls Ben Franklin or from any member of the Forest Park coaching staff.



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