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The Newton School Committee voted unanimously Monday night to eliminate or reduce a slew of student activity fees, saying the steep cost of admission can sometimes prove the difference between a child trying something new and taking a pass.
The committee voted to eliminate the high school student activity fee for pursuits such as newspaper, table tennis, and mock trial. Participation in sports and drama will still require fees. The committee also reduced the total amount of fees a family pays from $1,800 to $1,200.
Committee members lowered the parking fee for Newton South students from $360 to $310, and reduced the grade 4 and 5 instrumental music fee and All City Music fee from $200 to $150.