Elwood student athletes must pay to play

Student athletes in Elwood schools will now have to pay the district to play their favorite sports.  In a unanimous vote on Thursday night, Elwood Community school board members approved a proposal to charge students who play on school teams.  Like all Indiana schools, Elwood is facing budget reductions for the 2010-2011 school year.  One sport will cost a student $50 a year.  If they play a second sport, they pay an extra $25.  A third sport is free.  According to program rules, discounts will be given to families with multiple student athletes … and students in the free and reduced lunch program.  At the meeting, no parents raised objections to the fee plan.  School officials say they expect to bring in $3500 from athletic fees.


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