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Lakeville School Board increases student fees

02/09/2011, 2:39pm CST
By Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune

Costs for hockey could reach nearly $1,000 per player

An approved student fees increase at Tuesday’s Lakeville School Board meeting means hockey players in the district will pay $600 to skate beginning next season. While that amount is staggering – an informal Star Tribune survey in 2007-08 found no activity fee at a metro school exceeded $416 – it’s not unheard of or surprising to one coach.

“Hockey parents all know that this sport [costs] a lot,” Lakeville North girls’ hockey coach Buck Kochevar wrote in an e-mail. “Usually doesn’t shock them.”

But this latest increase (players paid $280 this season) on top of booster club fees means Lakeville North girls’ players will shell out nearly $1,000 apiece to play.

And, as with any sport, there are no guarantees when it comes to playing time.

This raises concerns about players leaving the district.

“Hopefully things turn around,” Kochevar continued. “This is a great community and I would hate to see kids leave this town for that reason.”

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