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BG schools will introduce 'Pay to Play'

The latest levy was voted down in May. The latest levy was voted down in May.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

After two levies have failed for Bowling Green Schools, district officials say they can't make any more cuts, so they're targeting extracurricular activities to find more money.

Next year, BG students who want to play a sport are going to have to pay for it, but the exact cost is still up in the air.

Sports aren't the only activities that will be affected.

"Clubs and organizations, Model UN, Quiz Bowl, things along those lines, that require a lot of additional time outside of the school day," explained Superintendent Ann McVey.

McVey says the extracurricular activities cost the district close to $500,000 per year. The funding for coaches, advisors and teachers is no longer affordable, but parents don't agree.

"It's just ridiculous, it's crazy," said parent Crissi Spaulding, who says she's already paid enough for her daughter to be a cheerleader. "Camp, shoes, warm-ups…I think in total it's been almost $500."

Anna Flores has two children who play three different sports. Now she's not sure if they will be able to continue to play.

"It would be hard," she said. "Both of my kids are in sports, so I would have to do what I have to do."

McVey says she's cut the budget as far as she can. The board has cut $620,000.

"Pay to participate was certainly not something we used as step number one in solving a financial crisis," she said.

The public will be able to sound off at next month's school board meeting.

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