Berlin board of education to begin discussion on pay-to-play athletics

Berlin board of education to begin discussion on pay-to-play athletics

Record-Journal


BERLIN — Members of the education board will discuss the concept of student athletes paying to participate in school sports tonight at its meeting.

“It’s just to get the ball rolling,” said David Erwin, superintendent of schools, Tuesday.

District sports are currently covered in the budget.

Matthew Tencza, board chair, said the timing of the discussion is primarily due to uncertainty from the state.

“We just need to look at all avenues available to make sure we maintain educational services for our students,” he said.

Fees for sports and clubs were previously brought up last budget season.

Tencza said although budget discussions were “very cooperative” with the town last year, the state’s budget still hangs in the balance.

“We’re just very concerned about the budget situation coming out of the state,” he said.

There is not expected to be any presentations on the subject tonight and the athletic director will not be attending the meeting.

Tencza said no action will be taken and extensive research will be needed for future consideration.

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