School board approves higher fees for spring sports

February 03, 2012
School board approves higher fees for spring sports

High school athletes will pay between $15 to $60 more than last year to participate in a spring sport. School board members last night approved a new spring sports fee schedule which considers the cost to run the sport in determining the price.  

The new fee structure is modeled after structures in place at schools across the metro area and factors in the length of the season as well as the cost of equipment, coaches, and transportation expenses when determining fees.  Rather than charging a flat fee of $150 per sport, new prices range from $165 up to $210. The new fees are listed below:  

New Fees for Spring 2012
                                                                                                    

Baseball$210
Golf - boys and girls$180
Lacrosse - boys and girls$195
Softball$210
Synchronized swimming$180
Tennis - boys$165
Track - boys and girls$195

       

Registration for spring sports will take place in late- February and early March, with most sports beginning practices in mid-March. As has been the practice for the past several years, athletes who have already participated in two sports (fall and winter) will receive the third (spring) sport at no cost.

The increased fees are part of a plan approved by the school board in January to reduce the current year’s budget by $2 million. In addition to increasing fees for athletics the district will also reduce supply budgets for school buildings and departments, delay the purchase of new textbooks and curriculum for social studies, postpone technology purchases, and reduce staff training opportunities this spring. The district is also restructuring several departments at Central Services by reducing employees’ hours and cutting support staff. In addition, the district is taking advantage of new state laws allowing money to be transferred between accounts, freeing up dollars in the general fund. You can view the entire list of second semester budget adjustments online at http://stillwater.k12.mn.us/Budget_Adjustments2.html.

Additional budget cuts for the 2012-2013 school year are expected to be approved in early March. One of the items on the recommended budget adjustment list for this fall is to increase fall and winter sports and activities fees. You can view the list of recommended cuts for 2012-2013 on our website.