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Dexter Community Schools May Raise 'Pay to Play' Fees for Student Athletes

The school district is seeking feedback from parents and athletes via online survey to assess opinions for self-funded sports programs.

As Dexter Community Schools' officials move forward with a proposed five-year plan to transition sports programs at and to a self-funded system, a new survey is seeking feedback from the public.

"We are looking for input from as many households in the district as possible. Even if you do not have a student in either of these buildings, your input is requested," the district said in a statement to parents.

Athletic officials will collect information through April 20.

Athletic Director Brett Steele told the Dexter Leader that becoming self-sufficient is one way the department can adjust to a shrinking budget every fiscal year. This year's athletic budget is set at $585,000, according to the newspaper article.

According to the survey, Dexter’s current pay-to-participate fees are slightly lower than several surrounding school districts. Dexter’s current fees are $100 per sport, per child at the high school level and $60 per sport, per child at the middle school level. There is a family cap of $300.

Participation fees pay for coaches’ stipends, game and event workers, trainers, tournament entry fees and referees.

For more information, call Bret Steele at 734-424-4170 or email steeleb@dexterschools.org.

The pay-to-play survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWG9H7Q.

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