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It’s game night! Tonight it’s a basketball game for the Meridian Trojans. All the expenses for this game are covered by the respective school districts and the money comes from local levies. The coaches are paid stipends, the students athletes ride on a school district bus, fueled and insured by the district and driven by a school district-paid bus driver. Present at the game is the district-paid athletic trainer, who is ready to assist any athlete who is injured using medical supplies provided by the district. Students play with district gear and uniforms in a warm, lighted gym that is cleaned and maintained by district staff. The shot clock and scoreboard operators as well as the announcer are paid stipends. The districts pay for the referees as well. The pep band in the stands and the cheerleaders on the court are there because the district provided these opportunities and paid for their staff adviser.