Berlin education board refers pay-to-participate discussion to committee for further review

Berlin education board refers pay-to-participate discussion to committee for further review

Record-Journal


BERLIN — The concept of student athletes paying to participate in school sports will be reviewed and researched by an educational resources committee with a report due to the education board by January.

“With every town in Connecticut struggling with the budget, we’re looking at all avenues,” said Matthew Tencza, chair of the board and member of the committee.

District sports are currently funded in the budget for $1,076,525. Students currently pay a fee to participate in district hockey.

If implemented, students would pay a fee to play all middle school and high school sports.

Members of the education board agreed to refer the pay-to-participate discussion to the resource sub-committee during a meeting Tuesday night.

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

Several people voiced their opposition on paying for students to play sports during the meeting.

Tencza said there is still a lot of things to consider and the committee plans to look at other districts that charge student athletes.

Nearby towns that use the fee system for sports include West Hartford, Newington, Cheshire, and Wallingford among others.

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

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