Board OKs increase in activities fees |

Board OKs increase in activities fees

Christina M. Currie

There was no input from the public on the school district’s proposal to increase athletic participation fees, one of the factors that led to its unanimous passage Thursday night.

Starting in the 2005 school year, it will cost students at the high school $40 to participate in any sporting event, a $15 increase.

“The activities council feels that even though this may be a burden to some families, $40 an activity is still a pretty inexpensive opportunity for kids,” Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman said.

Effective immediately, the charge

for overnight stays in connection with any extracurricular event will increase from $10 to $15.

Fees for nonathletic extracurricular club participation will remain the same.

Some school board members expressed concern for the proposed elimination of a “per-family” cap of $100.

“The cap would definitely help me personally,” board member Trish Snyder said.

Snyder said she soon will have three children in high school.

Board President John Wellman also passed on some comments he received from concerned parents about a lack of a per-family limit on fees.

“These people don’t have big families, so they probably won’t be impacted; they just felt like there might be some big families that this might be hard for,” he said.

Krogman said the activities committee recommended elimination of the cap primarily because it took time and created a “paperwork nightmare” when trying to assess the amounts a family has paid when it has students in both middle school and high school.

She asked school board members to consider implementing a separate cap for each school should it think a cap should be reinstated.

They did. In the final motion to approve the policy change, the school board added language that put a per-family cap of $200 for students in ninth through 12th grade.

“This is not going to make a difference to our program,” board member Steve Hafey said. “It’s going to make a difference to the families with multiple kids.”

Another increase people likely will see next year is in the cost to attend games. The proposal increases the fee for a two-person season pass for high school athletic events from $40 to $60. The pass can be used for the school year.

Those older than 60 get free season passes.

The district collected $2,492 from passes in 2002-2003 and $3,200 in 2004-2005.

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