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NLS increases fees for student activities

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board raised participation fees Monday for student activities, but did not raise school lunch or event admission fees.

Student activity fees will be $100 per sport for high school students and $75 per sport for middle school participants for the coming school year. In addition, high school fees will increase to $80 for cheerleading, $50 for participation in drama and knowledge bowl, $70 for speech and $40 for band/choir and math league. Middle school students will pay $50 for drama and knowledge bowl and $70 for speech.

The maximum activity fees are $300 per individual and $600 per family.

The activity fees constitute increases of between $20 and $25 per activity, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.

The fee increases acted upon at the regular meeting Monday had been included in the district's budget cuts enacted this spring with expected revenue of an additional $9,850 coming from the fees.

The board left school lunch prices for the 2010-2011 year at the same levels as the 2009-2010 year, with breakfast at $1.15 for elementary, $1.25 for middle and high school and $1.75 for adults, lunch at $1.70 for elementary, $1.95 for middle/high school and $3 for adults and reduced price lunches at $0.40 for both elementary and middle/high school.

However, the board made an exception for milk prices and will set the price per milk carton after finishing negotiations with its supplier. Last year, milk was $0.25, but cost the district $0.27 per carton, Carlson said.

The school lunch prices were last increased for the 2008-09 school year.

Admission prices for events were left at $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The board also reviewed preliminary adequate yearly progress reports for the district. The schools in the district are making AYP goals, with several subset groups, such as students receiving free or reduced price lunches or special education students, not making the yearly achievement goals.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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