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POLAND, Ohio- Poland parents could soon be paying less for school activities.  The board of education is looking to reduce "pay to participate" fees.

The board met for a work session Monday night. They discussed changes to their pay to participate policy. Their current policy which has been in effect during this past school yearcharged $200 for each high school sport or activity per student and for the middle school it was $100.

But for next school year, starting in the fall, the board will vote on a proposal that would cut those fees in half and enact a family cap of $300.

The board thought it was time to reward those who voted in the last two elections.

"I thought the community really stepped up and supported the new money last November and the renewal this past week so I thought the families should get something back out of it," says athletic director Brian Banfield.

The board also plans to bring back a senior citizen activity card that was taken away this past school year.

Board President, Richard Weaver, says "The recommendation is to reinstate the activity pass they have which gets them into all sporting events and concerts, band and plays, free of charge so I think it's important for us to reach out to seniors that supported us in the levy as well."

In future work session the Poland board of education also plans to discuss high school bussing options and the possible reinstatements of art and music programs as well as counselors.

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