Some Virginia Schools making Athletes Pay to Play

With schools across the state having to deal with budget cuts, things like teacher pay and after-school tutoring have been reduced.

The latest budget cut??

Extra-curricular activities.

Schools suffering through the recession are having to make some tough decisions.

At Orange County High School, for example, kids in middle school now have to pay $50 to participate in after-school activities, while students in high school have to pay $100.

But things are much different in the Valley.

"One of the things our parents said to us, in many public hearings about the budget was, 'Whatever you do, we will be happy to pay. We don't want you to cut our athletics'," explained Carol Fenn, who serves as superintendent of Rockingham County schools.

"The parents of our athletes pretty much pay the bill in Rockingham County for on-going athletics," she said.

The Rockingham County school system suffered a loss in revenue last year, and Dr. Fenn says if they continue to see a decrease, having to charge student athletes to play sports will become a real possibility.


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