District Criticized For New Facilities Fees

Board members apologize to packed room at a meeting on Thursday night, say they could have done a better job informing community leaders of the changes.

Residents and leaders of various Wayne athletic organizations expressed their displeasure with the Thursday regarding the district’s policy that requires local community organizations to pay fees to use district-owned facilities, mainly sports fields.

The board late last month. The changes go into effect July 1.

Jason Krakower, a member of the board of directors of the Wayne Soccer Club said that the organization might have to either cut services next season to compensate for paying to use school athletic fields or raise its $425 participation fee. The organization is a not-for-profit entity. The club operates nine months a year.

Krakower said the soccer club never paid to use a facility before but now might have to pay $900 just to hold three practices on just one day.

“We offer a soccer-academy level program at half the cost of what a soccer academy would charge,” Krakower said.

District officials have said that the policy of charging for the use of facilities is not new, but that specific organizations were not previously named in the policy. Board President Donald Pavlak Jr. could not say which organizations were charged in the past.

Bruce Fieggen said that “any amount is too much” in order for his two sons to play soccer.

“Sports are our opportunity to get kids away from iPads, iTouches, and televisions,” he said.

Officials said they plan on from the larger organizations and groups to negotiate usage fees.

“We should have done a better job of rolling this out,” said board member Robert Ceberio. “And we have to take responsibility for what happened.”

John Lynch, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club, said that had the fee structure been in place last year, the organization would have needed to pay the district $410,000.

Pavlak said it was never the board's intention to charge local organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars to use the facilities.

The new fee schedule places various school and community organizations into different classes, which pay different fees to use the facilities. The soccer club, along with the little league, Police Athletic League, and the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne, is a class two organization. They would pay between $125 and $500 to use fields at any of the district’s schools either during the day or at dusk. Prices vary by facility and time of day.

Class one organizations, those directly affiliated with the district and the Parent Teacher Organization, will only be charged a $45 custodial fee when applicable.

Class three organizations pay the most, between $150 and $650 to use the facilities. Rates are based on four hours of use. The policy classifies these entities as “private groups and organizations.”

Kitty Kat May 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Packed room what a joke! A lot of opinions & concerns made in the blogs & in public by a lot of people. Yes the BOE rec'd numerous emails. But very few made the effort to attend the board meeting to express their views in person which is what was really needed! The Boys & Girls Club staff were there hoping for your support instead they saw many empty seats & only a few voices. Those who attended were lambasted by Pavlak prior to the public speaking portion of the meeting & before the news crew left for believing unfounded rumors. He didn't appreciate the fliers all over town. The BOE is now willing to work out some kind of an arrangement with all the nonprofit groups. However we will have to wait for the outcome. Those who didn't make the effort to attend only have yourselves to blame if the outcome is not what you hoped for. The Wayne Hills Football team certainly made their presence known when they felt it was needed after the horrific event in October. Why couldn't those who had so much to say in support of the nonprofit groups do the same?
Nose Wayne May 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Could have,Would have, SHOULD HAVE!!
Janzan May 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Not to hard to figure out. The silent majority agrees that non-school related clubs should pay fees for use of school property. Why should non-sports parents or senior citizens pay more for excessive damage to school properties or for the use of field lighting? I pay taxes to the township, do does that mean I should not pay to use the town pool? ENOUGH ABOUT FOOTBALL as there is more (much more) to Wayne.
PeterL May 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
There were a lot of blogs because a few people created many alias and basically talked to themselves. Easy to do if you have a lot of time to waste.
Robert Keenan May 18, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I agree that more should have been at the meeting. But we still need to keep the pressure on for the sake of the kids. Let's jope the people that were there last night will have an impact.
Kit Rogers May 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
There were several there who are affiliated with the football team so give me a break.....it is not about that. The town is bigger than that so where was everyone else not to mention the valley sda and the carnival in town could have accounted for the lack of attendance
Kitty Kat May 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Kit, plz don't take offense to my comment that "The Wayne Hills Football team certainly made their presence known ,,," My point was that they were organized, united, they took a stance, they voiced their opinion at the board meeting. Where were all the wayne citizens who I talked to that were against the fees? Why didn't they make more of an effort to get there? I understand some are working, others had games, carnival, sda, are single parents, etc. Why couldn't 1 parent out of a 2 parent household miss 1 game or only 1 parent take the kids to the carnival etc. Some parents brought their kids. In the long run it would have been worth it. It was pathetic that approx 30 of us showed up!
Chicken Little May 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Kitty Kat, No. What is pathetic that at two budget meetings, only 15 to 20 people showed for each. Football issue.........the house is packed. Fields issue...... less people, but still a fairly significant showing. A budget meeting....15 to 20 people. All hail, mighty sports. Pray that our right to play unfettered is not diminished.
Kit Rogers May 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Kitty. Agreed,,,,I thought there would be more there from the b&g and pal,,,,,,
Fred Ritsema May 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM
alot of people either didn''t know about the meeting or had other commitments . Its real nice how the BOE pulled a fast one on us all


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