BOE: We're Not Charging Students to Play—For Now
District holds off on implementing revised policy that gives officials the right to charge students a fee to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as sports or clubs.
The Board of Education revised a policy Thursday that addresses extra-curricular activity fees, including athletics.
Although the revised policy gives officials the option to establish a participatory fee program that would help supplement revenue, board President Donald Pavlak Jr. said officials are not creating such a program now.
“At this point we’re not going to do it,” Pavlak previously said. “We’re just looking at a lot of different options that are on the table.”
According to the policy, should officials ever wish to charge fees, Superintendent Ray Gonzalez would recommend what the fees should be for each activity. The board would approve them on an annual basis prior to the start of the registration process for the activity.
The policy would permit fees to be “waived or reduced based on financial hardship.” Gonzalez would be the final arbiter of all waver requests.
Refunds would not be provided if a pupil quits during the course of an activity.
Refunds would be granted in the event the district does not offer the activity after the registration process for that activity has started.