Anchorage School Board reinstates certain sports but hikes fees

Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- High school gymnastics, hockey and swimming are back in the Anchorage School District, but they'll come with a stiffer price tag.

The Anchorage School Board voted Monday to reinstate the sports, although the panel also voted to raise the participation fee from $75 to $175.

''I think it's a bit excessive, but I'm glad they've reinstated'' the sports, said Brette Winegarner, who will be a sophomore swimmer in fall for Service High School.

This past school year, it cost $300 for Brandon Joseph to participate in four sports for Dimond High School: football, basketball, track and baseball. If he does the same four again for his senior year, then it will cost $700.

''It's something I'll have to think about over the summer,'' Joseph said, ''and talk with my parents and see what they want to do.''

The school board had eliminated the sports as part of an effort to reduce costs in next year's budget.

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