It’s getting more expensive for Scarborough students to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.

In its August meeting, the Board of Education roughly doubled fees, from $12 per student per activity to $25, with a maximum annual cap of $75 per student, or $125 per family. Last year’s caps were $48 per student or $60 per family.

Assistant Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said the board had originally considered increasing fees to $50 per student per activity with a maximum of $150 per student and $250 per family, but settled for a smaller increase due to concerns that higher fees would limit student participation.

Dolloff said there were no public comments on the proposed changes.

However, he said, Sports Done Right – a University of Maine initiative to promote healthy, fun, fair and healthy sports and athletes – opposes any fees for playing on school sports teams.

The Board of Education also increased school meal fees by about 10 cents per meal at all district schools. This year, breakfast will be $1.15 at all schools, and lunch $2.15 at elementary schools, $2.40 at the middle school and $2.65 at the high school. Dolloff said the increase is due to higher food costs.


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