Pay To Play Benched In Pitt County

The Pitt County Board of Education's finance committee has decided to sideline the proposed student athlete fees.

Pitt County school officials had proposed a $20 a year per student athlete fee. The $20 per athlete fee would go toward transportation costs and supplemental insurance.

During a public meeting Thursday evening the finance committee passed a motion to put their decision off for another school year. School officials say the proposal is still on the table and will be dealt with next year.



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The Pitt County Board of Education's finance committee has scheduled a public meeting to discuss its proposed student athlete fee.

Pitt County school officials are proposing a $20 a year per student athlete fee. The $20 per athlete fee would go toward transportation costs and supplemental insurance.

Parents wanting more information on the proposed fee can attend the meeting Thursday night. The meeting will take place at the Pitt County Office Complex starting at 5 p.m.


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  • by fed up on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    School should be for education. Just about every sport currently in school is duplicated in Parks and Rec. Put the money spent on fields and equipment back into the classrooms.
  • by Teacher on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    This all stems from the fact that a bus gets horrid gas mileage. Rose High has the furthest to travel in the state (I believe) and as a result it is financially killing the athletic department at Rose. Some knee jerk responders may say "cut athletics" but we all know that is not feasible especially in this day and age of childhood obesity. Something has to be down to help these kids and defray the costs for the athletes.
  • by Parent Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:32 PM
    So they passed a motion to put their decision off for another school year. Way to go school board. Your all useless!
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      by Cut The Waste on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:02 PM in reply to Parent
      I do not believe trying to cut out waste in athletic programs is useless. By making athletic dollars go farther this may become less and less of an issue in the years to come. Support the athletes but control useless spending.
  • by james Location: jacksonville on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    do high school sports really lose that much money? for example a few years back jacksonville and southwest played a game at jacksonville which had over 5,000 people at it, which would equal over 25,000 dollars from one football game. Now I know not every game will have that many people but i guarantee you every school has at least 500-1000 at every football game and that equals over 3000 per game and close to 20,000 dollars a season. not to mention the amount of sponsors that give money to schools and each schools booster clubs. There is no way refs,gas,electricity,equipment etc. make a school lose money. uniforms sometimes need replacing but for the most part that comes from money raised individually by the specific sport program. something is not adding up or I am missing something
  • by Me on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    I would like to know who comes up with these great ideas Why should anyone who attends public school should have to pay to represent their school in sports
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 02:58 PM
    I think $20 is a nominal fee for playing a sport. Check the private schools and find out how much their athletes have to pay to play.
  • by Cut The Waste on Jun 23, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    Maybe they need to reduce the number of games played, that would save gas and officiating money. Maybe each sport should have one uniform per player, instead of multiple uniforms, that would save uniform money. Believe me there is alot of waste going on in sports in the public schools. btw why did all the high schools recently replace their field lights? At over 100,000 per field that was a hefty expense to the taxpayers. My point, there are ways to cut expenses in athletics. Businesses and households are all trying to figure out ways to cut waste and make the available money work best for them. I challenge the school system to figure out ways to cut waste and still provide athletic opportunities. Athletes do learn life lessons while playing their sport.
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      by Kane on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:58 PM in reply to Cut The Waste
      Not all the high schools replaced all their field lights. Having two sets of uniforms actually saves money. Less wear and tear on just an individual uniform.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to Kane
        Obviously you do not live in Pitt County. With the exception of Rose, all Pitt County High Schools have replaced their baseball field lights over the past few years.
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        by Really? on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to Kane
        Wash uniform (alone) on delicate cycle and hang to dry. Should last 5, maybe 6 years. Don't really see a need for a second uniform unless parents are willing to pay for uniform or fundraising by athletes.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    I do not have a problem with the $20. But if one pays then they all should pay. I had to come up with $200 for my child to play basketball and so did the ones that were on reduced lunch. If they can come up with the $200 for shoes and sports equipment to play the sport, I don't see why they can't come up with the $20 too.
  • by Nova Location: SHNC on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    We all know that in the eyes of most, sports are more emportant than good education, take a look at the Crime Rate. How can I say that you ask, look at the drop out rate, look at how many students go on to college for sports, never to finish for leaving for a Pro Draft, also take a look at ECU, now as a avid fan of East Carolina hate to say it but it needs to be said. Two football players arrested on pretty good charges and their discipline is to sit out the opening game and a little public service. So of course sports is more important than the education or the lunch program, and of course they can cough up the twenty bucks to play, but not the two bucks for a little lunch. Pay to play what a joke, next it will be pay to attend the Public School System, but hey maybe that is what we need to get it back to a respectible level. Maybe if everyone had to pay to attend Public Schools, the ones who constantly cause trouble would not attend and maybe just maybe then a Teacher could Teach. Something to think about.
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      by bart on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to Nova
      barvo, well said
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Ask any educator and they will tell you the same story. A kid will not bring paper or pencil all year but tell him it cost $125.00 to go on a field trip to Bush Gardens and the money will be there the very next day, in cash. Kid will claim to be dirt poor but he will try out for basketball in $150.00 Jordans that the mom bought for her Boo. Kid get free reduced lunch but has money to buy gatorade, chips, and ice cream everyday, still no paper or pencil in class. I have spent 12 years teaching middle school and have witnessed this every year. I have to agree with MAtt. Kids play AAU ball but still have no paper or pencil. Count the number of cell phones that kids on free/reduced lunches have. Its almost every child.
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      by So Disgusted!! on Jun 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Bruce the Shark
      Not every child that gets free/reduced lunch is "dirt poor". Not every child that wears Jordans spend $150 on them. There are a lot of kids wearing Jordans that aren't authentic. AAU also has scholarships as well as fundraisers to help the kids pay for it. You sure are one judgemental teacher. I wouldn't want my children in your class. By the way, it's Busch Gardens.
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        by Really?! on Jun 25, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to So Disgusted!!
        Can I ask then why your kid is on it then? I work 40 hours a week as a waitress, and my kid doesn't get free/reduced lunch since I work so much. And the cheapest Jordan's I've ever seen-knock offs-were 50 bucks. Where you getting that kind of money? My kid doesnt get to go on field trips that cost money. He wont have a cell phone, he wont ever have anything but salvation army/goodwill clothes. So shut up "So disgusted" your just another one abusing the system. I went to Pitt county schools. If we made kids pay to play then maybe they wont get in so much trouble and it would mean more than just getting benched for a game. You are probably going to call me "one judgemental parent" but im a white woman who lives in a single wide barely getting by. I don't qualify for any assistance. Walk a mile in my shoes and then come back and tell me and "Bruce the Shark" that we're Judgemental.
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