Nearby Franklin also rejected an override in June that would have raised about $3 million for municipal and school expenses. The high school has since increased user fees to $200 from last year's $125, Athletic Director Brad Sidwell said.
"It's like everything in education," he said. "You have costs that are rising, and a lot of them are contractual."
Cross country, indoor and outdoor track athletes in Franklin pay $175 per season.
It was too early to measure this year's participation rates, Sidwell said. The track programs, which cover the students' physical education requirement, are having growing popularity last year.
The percentage of the athletic program's annual budget funded through athletic fees and game receipts "has certainly gone up," Sidwell said.Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here