JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A plan to have students who participate in sports pay-to-play this upcoming year has been sidelined, at least for now.
Duval County school superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals stressed this doesn’t mean it won’t surface again.
“We are going to put a one year pause on pay-to-participate for athletics. Doesn’t mean it goes away forever,” said Pratt-Dannals at a school board workshop focusing on the budget.
Last summer, a community fundraising push saved a half dozen sports that were on the chopping block.
Another cut to magnet transportation is also on hold. A year ago, the district required some students in magnet programs to make other arrangements. The plan was to phase in more cuts, but that won’t happen.
The superintendent says what changed was more money from the state plus decisions to draw upon reserve accounts to help balance the books.