Pasco schools to keep athletic fees unchanged
Facing a $24.7 million shortfall, the Pasco School Board has discussed furloughs, job cuts and another pay freeze. One area that board members have shown a reluctance to touch has been sports, even as some in the community have suggested that academics should come first.
The board's general notion has been that the district could lose far more than it would gain in cutting the approximately $1.5 million to $2.5 million it spends on athletics. Many kids do well in school because they have standards to meet for their teams, board members have said. Take the opportunity away, and who knows where the student-athletes might land.
Similar conversations are happening in other districts. Some are talking about imposing fees for students to play their sports.
Pasco already has a pay to play policy in place. So far, officials say they'll keep it in place, but they have no intention of increasing the price. Once again, they don't want to price anyone out of the game, possibly taking away an incentive to keep attending school and doing well.
The board is scheduled to take up the fees for 2012-13 on Tuesday. The proposal is to keep them unchanged as follows:
High Schools -- 1st Sport $60 / 2nd Sport $40 / Family (same school) $160 / Individual cap $100
Middle Schools -- 1st Sport $45 / 2nd Sport $30 / Family (same school) $120 / Individual cap $75