AVON, Sept. 7 — The Avon High athletic department finalized its athletic budget and pay to play fees days after the school year began in September.
The delay was due to Avon’s attempt to find a co-op partner for the ice hockey team. Avon tried to partner with St. Paul but the St. Paul High administration rejected that proposal on August 25. In early September, Avon came to an agreement to be part of a co-op team with Windsor.
In the end, no sports were cut but pay to play fees were increased. Athletes are being charged $175 each to play a sport with a limit of two sports per year. A year ago, the fee was $150 per sports. A family maximum is four sports or $700, up from $600 a year ago. This excludes crew, whose athletes pay $250 to participate in the fall, winter or spring seasons. The crew fee is for each season that an athlete participates.
Avon High administrators expect to raise $215,000 from parents in pay to play fees. They expect to raise $18,000 from ticket sales to support the $570,000 budget to run the high school athletic program. The Board of Education is contributing $336,000.
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