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School district’s facility charges anger coaches, parents

September 25, 2018

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia school district’s decision to charge nonprofits for use of their facilities has angered coaches and parents.

Bensalem Township School District officials tell WTXF-TV they changed the district’s facility policy because of the mounting costs of maintaining fields and indoor venues. The district had previously waived occupancy fees for many nonprofit groups.

Bensalem Youth Wrestling President and Valley Athletic Association Athletic Director Eric Price says fees for gym time will raise registration costs for youth teams an clubs. Price says the costs could even cause some groups to shut down.

Superintendent Dr. Samuel Lee said in a statement the “district’s financial position no longer supports our desire and history of renting our facilities at little or no cost.”

District officials say organizations can apply for waiver requests.

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