Students in the Federal Hocking School District in Ohio will have to pay 50 dollars if they want to play sports or participate in other after-school activities.
The school board imposed the fee last night to bring in more badly-needed funds to the district which is facing an 850-thousand dollar deficit.
Board President Dan Dailey says the new revenue and four cost-cutting measures will have a 33-thousand dollar impact. Dailey says the meeting began with a lengthy question and answer period involving students, staff and parents concerned about cuts.
He says a good bit of the concern had to do with false rumors. However, he acknowledges more reductions will be necessary.
Asked about school closings, Dailey says the elementary schools will remain open this coming year...but falling enrollment will force the district to look at closings in the future.
He plans to appoint a committee to study the matter.