SHORELINE — The Shoreline School Board voted to increase athletic participation fees and field use fees at its June 5 meeting for the first time in three years.
High school students now will have to pay $60 per sport, an increase from $50 per sport. Middle school students will have to pay $20 per sport instead of a flat $25 fee for the school year. To play intramural sports, middle school students will be charged $10, after being able to participate for free before.
Students who cannot afford the fees can ask for assistance from the schools, which have scholarship funds for that purpose.
Community clubs that provide programs for Shoreline District students will have to pay $10 per participant, up from $8 per participant to use school fields and Shoreline Stadium.
Rates for other groups that use the fields and stadium will go up 15 percent.
The purpose of the increases, as recommended by the district athletic department and a coaches’ group, is to boost general fund revenue instead of having to cut athletic programs.