BG studies pay-to-play options
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:23
Bowling Green Schools has not decided on whether to charge fees this fall for across-the-board extracurriculars, but is definitely looking at the athletic program as somewhere to start.
"We have not decided yet; however, we're definitely looking at athletics and beyond that, we haven't decided," said Superintendent Ann McVey.
The $500,000 figure given at this month's board meeting as to what the district spends on extracurriculars is actually the amount spent on high school and middle school athletic programs.
The high school alone has 12 sports for both boys and girls.
Coaches are given one-year supplemental contracts each year.
The middle school has six sports teams. There are no paid club advisers at the school, according to Principal Joe Zabowski.
"Athletics is by far the majority of the extracurricular cost," McVey said.
McVey also is looking at clubs and organizations with a paid adviser, such as National Honor Society, drama club, quiz bowl, the marching band, and FFA.
"We've been reducing the number of contracts for years," McVey stated.
She estimates there are 25 clubs and organizations at the high school.
"They don't all have paid advisers," she clarified.
"It's not accurate to say all supplementals (will be affected)," she said, and gave an example of the small fee paid to teachers and trainers who organize safety patrol. "We're not going to charge kids to be in safety patrol."
McVey is looking at other districts, both inside and outside Wood County, to find out how they handle pay to participate.
Otsego and Eastwood both charge students, who participate in sports, a fee.
She will present the school board her recommendations at the July 16 board meeting. Discussion for pay to participate will start at 5 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6. The meeting will be in the district's Performing Arts Center.
Any proposed action to start requiring fees is a direct result of the district's past two levy attempts being defeated.