CHATHAM, Va — A youth sports league in Pittsylvania County is safe. The league was in jeopardy of shutting down because of a new rental fee.
On Thursday night, the school board struck a deal with the Board of Supervisors during a joint meeting in Chatham.
The school board first defended the fee calling it reasonable.
The fee boiled down to $5 an hour for the league to use a field and $8.33 an hour for a gymnasium. The league's total was about $61,000. A sum league officials say they couldn't afford.
"I can't go back to the moms and dads and the grandmas and the grandpas. They're paying enough as it is," says George Henderson, the league's organizer, "Some of these moms and dads are paying a couple hundred dollars for their daughter to cheer, $70 for a football player, basketball player."
The county's school board and supervisors agreed on a $40,000 flat fee.