UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Prince George’s County high school students who want to play a sport in the upcoming school year will have to pay a fee.

The school system approved the new rule Thursday. It requires any student on an “interscholastic athletic team” to pay a $50 fee. Students do not have to pay an additional fee to play more than one sport.

Superintendent Dr. William Hite Jr. said in a statement that it is the first time the county has implemented an activity fee. He says it’s one of many strategies being used to sustain extracurricular programs during difficult economic times.

The school system is facing a budget gap of more than $145 million.

Students in Fairfax, Loudoun and Montgomery Counties also pay an athletics fee.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. sheriff says:

    This is sooooo wrong. I’m not a proponent of freebies but one way to help kids stay out of gangs & trouble is sports. The county / government has money for school lunches, cell phones for the so called poor, countless other programs etc. Let them deduct $50 from the next welfare check of mother’s with illegitimate kids starting school year 2011.

    1. Leah says:

      Better yet, let’s stop giving illegals free education or free anything and use the money saved from that in our schools!

  2. Joyse says:

    You would think that our government would be embrassed over the so -called budget gap of $145 million. Shameful!!

  3. Joyse says:

    Sorry. HIt the button to soon. I do disagree w/ charging athletic fees. I’m sure glad my child has already graduated but feel for the parents who will be putting out extra money, when our tax dollars pay for kids going to school. Next, it will be fees for the uniforms, or do they charge for that already?

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