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Local Broadcasters Meet with Board on Proposed Sports Fee

July 19th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Local broadcasters met with Allegany County Public School officials Monday to react to a proposal by the system that radio stations and cable television operators pay a fee to broadcast high school football. During Tuesday night’s public work session,  board members seemed to be backing away from that proposal, instead referring to work with local media on partnering to raise dollars. Superintendent Dr. David Cox ran the Monday session, saying the board was looking for a nominal fee to help pay for new field turf at Greenway Avenue Stadium.  Representatives from WCBC, Forever Media, Allegany Radio Corporation and Commercial Video Services strongly opposed the idea, saying any fee would cause an increase in the cost to advertisers, who are already facing a tough economy. Board President Laurie Marchini and member Tammy Fraley were in attendance, and said they were merely looking for ways of closing a budget gap.  The broadcast group agreed to return to the table for a discussion on how the school system can help raise money to replace the aging field turf at Greenway. Fraley said working together seems like the best approach to the situation…

In other business the board voted to increase the price of a school lunch by ten cents. Elementary prices will now be $2.65 while middle/high school prices will jump to $2.85. Breakfast prices will not change. 

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