The Berlin Community School (BCS) Board of Education voted in March 2010 to include Middle School athletics in the 2010-2011 budget reductions. Subsequently, the Board of Education approved an Athletic Participation fee for student athletes beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Every BCS student-athlete is required to pay a fee for each interscholastic sports season in which they participate.
As research states, participation in sport and physical activity programs outside of the regular curricular physical education program provides many positive benefits for middle school students. The fee revenue will help fund the BCS interscholastic athletics program.