FRAMINGHAM – Students at Framingham High may be able to play sports without an athletic fee in the 2018-19 school year, if the School Committee accepts a recommendation from the administration.
On Wednesday. the Framingham School Committee will take a vote to eliminate the current $100 athletic fee.
“For several years, the School Committee has been seeking to remove fees that may be a barrier to full student participation in the athletic program at Framingham High School. Over the past several years, the School Committee has voted to reduce fees twice and the resulting increase in student participation has more than
justified those reductions while also providing financial support to the Athletic Department to offset the loss of fee revenue. Fees have been reduced from $250 per sport/per season to $100 per sport/per season and it is the recommendation of the Athletic Department, the Framingham High School Administration and the
Framingham Central Administration to eliminate the Athletic fee completely in the FY19 Budget and to build an offsetting budget amount within the Athletic Department budget to compensate for this fee elimination,” wrote Ed Gotgart in his recommendation to the School Committee.
In February 2016, the Framingham School Committee voted to reduce the $225 athletic fee to $100. Those on free and reduced lunch can apply for a full or partial waiver. There is a maximum charge of $900 per family, regardless of how many athletes participate or how many seasons.
Editor’s Note: In full transparency, my daughter plays a sport at Framingham High and I have paid the fee.