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Cutting pay-to-play means 20% more athletes

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 17, 2015

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – A big change in Mt. Vernon High School’s athletic department now has enrollment up 20 percent in fall sports.

As we reported earlier this year, the school has dropped its pay-to-play fees, allowing students to participate for free.

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Superintendent Shane Robbins says the school is getting creative in how it covers the costs it used to get from students.

The main change? Using an American Express card with cash rebates to pay the school corporation’s bills.

“Any service we can pay for using that card, we’re using,” Robbins said. “At this point to date we have $60,000 in cash rebates coming back to us. So that’s a big chunk of the money already – just by changing how we are paying our bills.”

The school is also looking to rent out its facilities more often, and increase corporate sponsorships.


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