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Limestone school board nixes fee increase for band

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

SALEM — Band students won't be paying a higher fee next school year.

The Limestone County Board of Education voted 5-2 against Superintendent Barry Carroll's recommendation to raise band fees from $50 to $75 a semester.

Board member Earl Glaze said gate sales at ball games should fund buses for the bands to make Friday night football games, which would keep the band fee down.

Carroll said band directors suggested the raise to help fund instruments, travel and other costs. There has not been an increase in nine years, he said.

Glaze said that if band fees increase, then the board should charge football players and others a $75 per semester fee.

"More parents are involved with band than football, but we won't use the gate money to pay for them to go to games," Glaze said.

Board member John Wayne King, who voted for the increase, said the fee and bus expenses are separate issues, but the majority of the board disagreed and voted the increase down.

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