By LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican
---- — TICONDEROGA — As a thanks to the community, Ticonderoga Central School District sporting events will be free to the public this school year.
“As a gesture of gratitude to the community for supporting the school during these tough budget years, the board decided that we would not charge for athletic events for the 2013-14 school year,” Superintendent John McDonald Jr. said.
“We are going to try this for one year to see how it works and then determine at the end of the year if we should continue it for the future.”
He said other area schools have done this, including Ausable Valley Central School.
McDonald said he and the School Board really appreciate the support they’re receiving from the community in helping with items the school needs.
“The community has given back in tough times. At every board meeting, someone has donated something to the school.”
He said the free admission is a small financial matter, but they wanted to do something to show thanks for all the assistance.
They might allow people attending athletic events to donate to civic organizations at the door, but that’s still under consideration, he said.
The free entrance applies to all sports, such as baseball, football, basketball and so on, he said.
Playoffs and other tournament games are not covered by the free offering because those are governed by the various leagues, not the school.
School starts Tuesday for Ticonderoga teachers, and on Thursday, Sept. 5, for students.
“We wanted to get this out there before school starts so everyone knows and can take advantage of it,” McDonald said.
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