Pay to Participate Determinations - Extra-Curricular
Board of Education has directed the administration to provide a detailed and
transparent reduction plan that may be necessary to implement if the November
4, 2014 operating levy request is unsuccessful.
In an effort to continue to provide you with information related to the
potential reductions in the school district, we have created the following frequently
asked questions specifically focused on pay-to-participate for non-athletic
student activities. This information
includes a link to a spreadsheet that illustrates pay-to-participate
information and calculations to illustrate the recommendation that will be
presented to the Board of Education on Monday, October 13th for
action. Parents/guardians are encouraged
to review this information thoroughly and continue to offer feedback on the
pay-to-participate fess that will be implemented should the November 4, 2014
levy be unsuccessful.
Why are reductions being proposed for the
school district has an operating levy on the ballot on November 4, 2014. If the levy request is unsuccessful, the
district must make $7.5 million in reductions in order to operate the school
district and eliminate the negative ending cash balance. Increased pay-to-participate fees will be
required for non-athletic extra-curricular activities.
Which students will be required to pay
increased pay-to-participate fees this school year if the November 4, 2014 levy
extra-curricular activities that have already started for the current school
year will continue under the current framework and no additional fees will be
charged. All non-athletic
extra-curricular activities that have not started as of November 4, 2014 will
be charging a pay-to-participate fee for the current school year.
Where can I view the pay-to-participate
calculations by activity?
calculations for non-athletic extra-curricular activities may be found here. The
calculations illustrate costs per activity and the current recommendation to
pay a flat fee for each non-athletic extra-curricular activity.
How much will pay-to-participate fees cost for
non-athletic extra-curricular activities if the levy does not pass on November
October 13, 2014 Board of Education meeting, the administration intends to
recommend that students will pay $125.00 for each non-athletic extra-curricular
activity should the November 4, 2014, levy be unsuccessful.
Will all activities pay the same
pay-to-participate fees? Why?
based upon the calculated costs for each activity, the administration recommends
that a flat pay-to-participate fee be charged for non-athletic extra-curricular
activities. A $125.00 flat fee per activity
is recommended to balance the varying costs of all activities in hopes of
maintaining student participation levels.
The administration welcomes any further input or feedback regarding a
flat fee for participation in a non-athletic extra-curricular activity versus a
per activity fee.
Why are some activities such as marching band
and yearbook not included in the list?
that also yield high school credit are not included in the list of activities
requiring a $125 pay-to-participate fee.
Activities with high school credit are considered co-curricular
activities, not extra-curricular.
What will the $125.00 pay-to-participate fees
pay-to-participate fees for non-athletic extra-curricular activities will pay
for staff salaries and benefits (Medical, retirement, etc.) for each activity. Please note that these are supplemental contracts, not the full salary a staff member receives. Registration fees and materials expenses will
continue to be purchased by each family.
What is NOT included in the pay-to-participate
pay-to-participate fees do not include costs for facility related expenses,
tournaments or competitions, entrance fees, or registration.
When will the pay-to-participate fees be
pay-to-participate fees must be paid in full at the start of each activity
prior to any participation in the activity.
Can the pay-to-participate fees be paid via
parents/guardians will have the ability to pay the required pay-to-participate
fee via credit card using PayForIt.net.
Cash or check payments will also be accepted.
Will non-athletic extra-curricular activities
next August be required to pay increased pay-to-participate fees too?
should the November 4, 2014 levy be unsuccessful, non-athletic extra-curricular
activities beginning in August/September 2015 will also be required to pay the
same pay-to-participate fees of $125 as revenue for any future levy request
will not be collected prior to January 1, 2016.
The pay-to-participate fees will be required to be collected to off-set
required budget reductions.
Will pay-to-participate fees be required if the
levy passes on November 4, 2014?
levy passage, the district will not
increase the current activity fees.
know that we thank you for your continued partnership in the school
district. We understand that increased
pay-to-participate fees for non-athletic extra-curricular activities will
create hardships for some of our families.
The recommendation to increase pay-to-participate fees was not made
easily but is necessary in order to balance the impact that $7.5 million
dollars in reductions has for the entire school district. We prioritized reductions to protect
classroom instruction as much as possible.
This information is provided to be responsive to helping our families
know and understand what changes will occur for non-athletic extra-curricular
activities f the November 4, 2014, levy is unsuccessful.
Domine Rebecca Jenkins
Innovation, Improvement and Human Capital