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Mar 8, 2012 10:17 AM by AP

Rapides restores extracurricular activities funds

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board is restoring funds for extracurricular activities that had been cut because of budget constraints.

The Town Talk reports the school board had cut 15 percent from extracurricular activities before the school year to help make up for a projected budget shortfall. At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the board voted 5-3 to put that money back into the budget.

It will cost about $200,000 to restore the previously cut 15 percent.

About $80,000 of that will come from facility rentals. When the district rents out a school facility, it normally gives 25 percent of the rental fee to the school. That money will now be used to fund extracurricular activities.

Officials say the remaining balance will be made up by higher-than-expected sales tax revenues.

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