CROSBY - Crosby-Ironton High School fans have something to cheer about.
Athletic programs will not be eliminated for the next school year thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Save Our Schools Committee, a task force of C-I Sports Boosters. The committee raised $100,000 so far and it plans to continue its efforts to help offset increased participation fees.
With this funding pledged, the Crosby-Ironton School Board Monday approved its 2008-09 athletic proposal that will charge students a $230 participation fee per season for junior varsity and varsity sports and a $175 participation fee per season for junior high sports.
This school year, the particiption fee is $110 per season for junior varsity and varsity sports and $90 for junior high.
The district must receive $70,000 in donations from the committee on or before May 2 to be used for athletics program expenditures and $30,000 on or before June 13.
The district has the authority to establish minimum student participation levels to determine if a specific sport would be eliminated for 2008-09. It would make the determination as far in advance of the start of the season as possible.
C-I board member Mike Domin said people need to remember that if a sport doesn't have a certain number of participants it can be eliminated.
"These people worked their butts off and they still are," said Domin. "But this is just a Band-Aid."
C-I board chair Bob Sandin said keeping these sports is a positive thing for the community. He said the community came together to help the committee raise the funds and they were successful.
Sandin added that the fees for the sports were within reason.
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