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Wilson School Board, Parents Consider Compromise On New Fee

Posted October 18, 2004 6:10 a.m. EDT

— Some parents in Wilson are fired up over a new fee involving where their children took part in recreational activities, but there may be a compromise in the works.

In June, the Wilson County School Board decided to charge recreational groups $25 a hour for the use of their schools' gymnasiums. The fee is used to pay for utilities and a school custodian who would open and close the gyms.

Athletic officials were concerned that the additional cost would keep some kids from playing. Officials are now looking at a compromise that would charge $5 a hour for the use of the facilities this year. Next year, the $25 fee would go into effect.

"It does look like we are going to try to work something out for this year and give them a little more notice over the next 12 months. It won't be as big an issue next year," School Board chairman Will Winslow said.

Parents are expected to discuss the issue at a School Board meeting Monday.