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School activity fee discussion continues

News-Chronicle file

The Lake Superior School School Board discussed activity fees again at the meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at William Kelley High School.

The issue has been debated since last spring, when the board voted to raise hockey activity fees by $100 in an effort to decrease the budget deficit and offset costs incurred by the sport.

Hockey coach Mike Guzzo addressed the board in July to question their decision to raise hockey fees, while not raising any other sports fees. This discussion prompted the board to ask to re-examine all activity fees at a later date, which in turn led to the discussion at the Tuesday meeting.

"Is hockey the most expensive sport of all of them?" board member Mark LeBlanc asked.

"Yes, due to having to pay for facility ice time at both arenas," Superintendent William Crandall said.

LeBlanc questioned if basketball wasn't close in cost due to each high school having its own team. The board agreed that further cost information was needed for a discussion.

The board also discussed the family activity fee cap voted on unanimously at the Aug. 14 meeting. Families will now only have to pay up to $700 in activity fees per year, making it easier for families with several children or children who play multiple sports.

The board did not take action. Discussion on activity fees is likely to continue at the next meeting Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Two Harbors High School.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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