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Elwood student athletes must pay to play

by IPR News

August 13, 2010

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.