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Schools look to athletic user fee hikes to plug budget gaps

Across the region, huge increases considered to offset diminished revenue, state aid

Reading High's Ryan Pollock earns some yardage in a game last December. User fees at Reading High are scheduled to rise from $85 to $175 per sport come September. Reading High's Ryan Pollock earns some yardage in a game last December. User fees at Reading High are scheduled to rise from $85 to $175 per sport come September. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/File)
By Richard Thompson
Globe Correspondent / February 26, 2009

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Starting in September, students at Reading Memorial High School will have to pay $175 for each sport they play, up from this year's $85. It's a similar story in Andover, where high schoolers may be charged a $500 athletics user fee, double the current amount, according to a budget proposal submitted earlier this month. (Full article: 990 words)

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