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School Board to Wait After Referendum to Alter Pay-to-Play

Most board members stated that they will wait to discuss changing athletics fees until the budget passes.

The school board came to a consensus at Wednesday's meeting to wait on possibly changing until voters pass a municipal budget.

Most board members stated that it would make more sense to reexamine the proposed pay-to-play fees after Tolland voters approve a budget and determine the school district's funding amount. Currently, fees are proposed to rise to $325 for varsity and JV sports and $225 for middle school sports. 

Tolland resident Beth Whitman said that parents were told at a Tuesday meeting with Superintendent William Guzman and several board members that the board would provide a new, lower number Wednesday night.

"We came to an agreement at the end of the meeting that we would be getting a number this evening that we could work with," she said.

Guzman told Tolland Patch that it was agreed for the board to discuss pay-to-play rates at Wednesday's meeting. 

Vice-Chairperson Robert Pagoni said that after the referendum passed, the school board would do its best to reduce the athletic fees as low as it could.

"This is a double tax," Pagoni said. "Parents pay for it because the school district can't."

Currently, there is no proposed cap for families with multiple students or those who play in more than one sport. 

The budget referendum is . 

JK April 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Remember that a NO vote will be interpreted as a request to lower the budget.
charles April 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I urge Tolland residents to support the budget! I don't believe that the pay-to-play rate is low enough myself, but it will only get higher with a no vote on the budget.
Megan Bard (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Hi folks, Please remember to keep the comments civil. Differing opinions are welcome and wonderful, but name calling will not be tolerated. Best, Megan
A Tolland Resident April 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Seeing that my post was removed for using the term "Moron" I'll re-word and resubmit below... If the budget fails to pass on this go, when asked on ballot "whether the next budget pass should have a higher or lower tax rate". I encourage my fellow towns-people to select "Lower" otherwise I'd think them a word that is not allowed on this site.
Miranda April 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
There is no question for lower or higher. If the budget doesn't pass, it means that we want a lower tax rate and more cuts to our schools and town services. I for one want great services and great schools.

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