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TUSD to offer info on proposed extracurricular fee hikes

Tucson Unified School District will offer parents the chance to learn more about district's proposed increase in extracurricular fees in a series of presentations beginning Wednesday.

Dave Tedlock, the district's tax credit project manager, will discuss the extracurricular fees and which activities will be eligible for tax credit contributions, said TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene.

The district's high schools currently charge $50 for students to participate in sports. The participation fee would increase to $65 per sport with the proposed hikes, including middle school participation prices from $20 to $30 per sport.

Vail School District raised fees to $120 and Arizona's largest district, Mesa Unified School District, raised middle school sports to $50 and high school sports to $100, Rene said.

School principals have the authority to waive the fees and allow the student to participate in the extracurricular activities if parents are unable to pay due to hardship, Rene said.

For more information about the school tax credit, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue's website.

Parents will be able to weigh in on the proposed fee hikes during the presentations. For more information visit www.tusd1.org.

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Tucson High School's marching band. According to the Arizona Department of Revenue, extracurricular activities fees include band uniforms.

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