Newly elected District 3 board member Daniel Cooper said this week he would like to see free or reduced admission for Alcorn School District students at ball games held at county schools.
“It’s come to my attention that these parents with several kids have to pay for each kid to enter a sporting event,” said Cooper. “For example, one woman has four kids with two in junior high and two in high school. She’s at the gym three nights a week. She’s having to pay $5 each for her children to go to these ball games.”
Superintendent of Education Larry B. Mitchell said sporting event gate ticket prices are set by each principal at each individual school.
Some schools, including Alcorn Central, do offer discounted tickets for students for sports like football during school hours.
Mitchell said he would meet with principals, gather data and report information to the school board in February.
“Because some schools use their gate sales differently, it might be hard to determine a financial impact — if any — it would cause by making a change like this,” he added.
In other news:
• The board approved two donations made to the district at the January meeting held earlier this week.
The board accepted a $750 donation from United Way of Corinth. Those funds will be used by the Alcorn Central and Kossuth high school FCCLA.
A second donation of $1,000 was also approved. Sherry Oakman donated those monies to be used by the KHS Interact Club to buy food for the K-Town Food Pantry.