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Time for STHS athletes to pay fair share

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

A new era begins for South Tahoe High School sports on Friday.

Students planning to compete in a fall sport will be asked to make a donation to help cover transportation costs for sports the following year.

Under a flat-fee Fair Share Donation plan approved by the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board in April, students will pay $115 per sport and a maximum of $250 for playing sports throughout the school year.

A school employee will collect fees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday in the school office. Athletic director Don Borges said the school will try to be accommodating since the donation program is new.

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“We’ll be as flexible and as user friendly as possible,” Borges said. “They can pay it all at once on Friday, make partial payments, pay it quarterly or set up a payment system.”

In addition to paying for sports participation, STHS athletes have until Friday to turn in their participation forms. Forms are available in the school office.

New athletes to the school district, freshmen and athletes coming back from a significant injury must have a physical exam before being permitted to join a team.

The Fair Share Donation program is expected to raise $82,000 – roughly 30 percent of the cost of athletic funding for STHS and South Tahoe Middle School. STMS students athletes will be charged $55 per sport.

“I’m happy with it,” Jack Stafford, STHS’s associate principal and athletic administrator, told the Tribune back in April. “From a bookkeeping standpoint, this is much simpler. I just want the kids to participate. No kid is going to be excluded.”

Borges said students and their families who can’t afford the fees will be assisted.

“We’ll take it on a case-by-case basis and we’ll work something out,” Borges said. “There are work programs they can do. We’ll never turn anybody away.”

Students can also purchase a basic ASB card for $40 (good for admission to all athletic events) or a multiuse ASB card, which is also good for admittance to dances and proms and a copy of the school yearbook.

Viking notes: The school district has hired three new varsity coaches: Jose Gonzalez, girls’ soccer; Chris Holmes, girls’ basketball; and Joann Allister, softball.