Dighton-Rehoboth Reduces User Fees
Due in part to abbreviated sports seasons, the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District is offering reduced user fees for athletes. Dighton-Rehoboth High School Athletic Director Doug Kelley told the school committee Tuesday all the fees would be cut by 25 percent. “The seasons are shorter, our officials are fewer, our transportation which is our biggest cost is cut quite drastically because of these reductions,” Kelley noted. “We hear you families out there, we understand what the (students) are going through, we know a lot of folks have lost their jobs, we hear it all the time in the athletic department.”
As a result, participants in football, baseball, and boys and girls basketball will be charged $200 instead of $270. Boys and girls soccer and volleyball will cost $160. Tennis will cost $140. Cheerleading will not compete this year. The high school marching band will likely not perform at football games due to the winter weather. “We hope they’re going to be able to get out there and (perform) the National Anthem and maybe play a couple of rah-rah tunes, keep our team rolling,” Kelley said.
Superintendent Anthony Azar said no athlete would be turned away if they are unable to pay the user fees. In his report to the school committee, Azar said the school nurses are in the process of being vaccinated against Covid-19. “Hopefully our K through 12 (staff) and everyone associated with schools will get their vaccinations as well,” Azar noted. “As you all know there is a big push to get students back in the classroom. A big step to get that moving along would be to vaccinate our teaching staff.”
Many students in the district returned to a hybrid model on January 21 and 22, while others came back on January 25 and 26. Azar said the “high needs” students have been in the buildings since January 11. “Our high needs staff and students are doing a remarkable job,” Azar added.