The Logan school board has voted 3-1 to add girls soccer and softball at Logan High School next school year.
The fee assessed students who participate in major sports will go from $20 to $25 and the fee for those in minor sports will go from $10 to $15.Rulon Olsen, principal of the high school, told the board Wednesday that a survey showed ample interest among female students to warrant starting the two sports.
The survey was made after Logan and five other northern Utah districts were named in a discrimination claim that alleged they failed to provide equal opportunities for girls in sports.
Board member Ronald Peterson, who cast the dissenting vote, suggested achieving equity in the athletic programs by dropping boys baseball.
Because unfavorable spring weather forces cancellation of many games, the program might be more successful under the city's summer recreation program, he said.
Although board member Malcom Allred voted for the new programs, he said Peterson's vote should focus attention on the balance between curriculum and extracurricular activities and perhaps prompt a review of district activities.