NEWCASTLE, OKLAHOMA — Thanks to budget cuts in Oklahoma’s education system, one school district is asking its students to pay for their involvement in extracurricular activities.
The superintendent of Newcastle schools announced that students will have to pay if they want to be in after-school activities, including music, agriculture education and even athletics, reports News 9.
The money will go toward the school’s general fund to help pay for the roughly $300,000 bill that those activities cost in the way of programming and pay for coaches.
So far, none of the programs have been cut, administrators told News 9.
Students will have to pay $100 for their first extracurricular activity and an extra $50 for additional activities. Students on the reduced lunch program will pay no more than $75, and children on the free lunch program will not have to pay a fee.
Additionally, Newcastle has switched to a 4-day school week and has increased their prices of attending sporting events to help with the budget.