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Friday, July 14, 2006

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Needham High School athletes could play fewer games and participate in fewer practices next year-- even with higher user fees -- if the School Committee approves Principal Paul Richardís budget recommendations.

No sports will be cut, Richards said, but he and athletic director John Palmer plan to revise the budget for the coming year in a way that will probably eliminate some non-league games and reduce rink time for hockey practices.

After springís failed override, fees are rising to $285, up from $175, officials said. Some school committee members have already expressed concern that student-athletes are paying more and getting less.

This year's athletic budget suffered a $35,000 shortfall, largely from increased transportation costs and because fewer students paid user fees than expected, officials said. The year before, the athletic budget was $29,000 in the red.

-- Lauren K. Meade

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