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|Galesburg Athletic Pay to Play Proposal Discussed
|FIRST REPORTED 7:00am 4/13/10 Galesburg School officials are clarifying a part of the proposal to make $3.5 million in changes to the District's budget -- a change that could affect every student at Galesburg High School.
The District-205 board voted to approve the plan Monday night -- which includes chances ranging from a new school calendar to saving money on copiers and copy paper, all because of Governor Pat Quinn's proposal to slash state education spending if an income tax increase isn't approved by lawmakers.
One of the three-dozen changes being made is the implementation of what's been called a "pay to play" plan -- making those participating in athletics and other extra curriculars pay to participate.
District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Guy Cahill says it won't be just athletes being charged as originally planned.
"In talking with students at GHS, they propose that, instead, we implement a flat across-the-board fee -- I think we propose $40," Cahill said. "They recommended that because 75% of the students already participate in extra-curricular activities. They felt that would be a fairer approach."
Cahill says he had originally proposed charging student athletes a fee not to exceed $200.
Cahill says a subsidy will be made available for students who can't afford the fee, possibly based on whether or not they're eligible for free and reduced lunches, and possibly through the athletic boosters, but that details are still being worked out.
(The Galesburg School Board listens to a parent speak Monday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 13 10 by Newsroom
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