School board will vote on increasing athletics fees

Published on Fri, May 20, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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 Fees for participation in sports at the high or middle school levels in the Blaine school district could increase if the Blaine school board approves the changes at its May 23 meeting.

The Blaine athletic department is requesting an increase in participation fees to help offset coaching salaries, high school vice principal and athletic director Wayne Vezzetti wrote in a letter to the school board.

With school board approval, the new fees for high school sports would be $70 for the first season, $45 for the second season and $25 for the third season. The current fee levels are $45, $30 and $15, respectively.

At the middle school level, the one-time fee would increase from $45 to $70. Students that receive free or reduced lunches would pay $15 per high school sport and a one-time $15 for middle school sports. The numbers are based on average athletic fees in school districts across Whatcom County, Vezzetti wrote.

The school board meeting starts at 7 p.m., on Monday, May 23, at the Blaine school district offices. For a PDF of the letter explaining the proposed fee increases, click here.