Jackson High School May Implement Pay to Play

In order to save the school money and pay for the increasing costs of equipment and transportation, officials at Jackson High School say they may have to start charging student athletes $25 per sport next year.

The so-called pay-to-play issue has been a hot issue throughout the state with some schools already planning to charge fees by this fall.

They include schools in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett and Mount Pleasant who are also considering the plan.

Athletic Director Russel Davis says the school needs the money to offset declining enrollment and pay for other sport-related expenditures.

Principal Jim Graham says in light of all that the school offers, the fee is reasonable.