Pay to Play Fees Likely to Be Cut

Superintendent recommends chopping sports costs in half and eliminating general education fee


Superintendent John Krupinski is recommending the district cut pay-to-play fees in half and eliminate the general education fee in the 2013-14 school year.

Krupinski last week asked the School Board to consider getting rid of the $60-per-student general education fee, and cutting the pay-to-participate charges by at least half.

He suggested dropping the fee at the high school from the current $400 per sport to $200, and the fee at the middle schools from $300 to $150.

Another option, he said, would be to cut cut the middle school fee even more -- to $100.

The reductions were first mentioned last month, when the district received a $3.2 million windfall in unexpected tax revenue.

Strongsville schools are "probably at the top" of the scale compared to what other area districts are charging to participate in sports, Krupinski said.

Most others have reduced their fees in the last year or two.

The fees were raised for the 2012-13 school year as school officials struggled to cut about $8.5 million from the budget.

Since then "we have had a reduction in the number of students participating in sports," Krupinski said, especially at the middle school level.

Cutting the fees in half would reduce revenue from $350,000 a year to $175,000. Lowering the middle school fees to $100 per sport would mean the district would collect $260,000 less per year than it does now.

The School Board is expected to vote on the issue May 16.

Hugh Janas May 07, 2013 at 04:46 PM
This post is funny.................................................................................................................(Pause)............NOT!!!!
Mom in the ville May 07, 2013 at 08:35 PM
The $60 per student general fee is a big burden for some families. Thank you BOE for taking steps to eliminate it.
tom m May 07, 2013 at 08:59 PM
and thank you SEA for donating enough of your salaries to cover 50,000 general education fees for at least the next 10 years
janicehill17 May 09, 2013 at 07:08 PM
what in the world is your point?
Rule #10 — Form over substance. Because of Rule #9 (parents and residents are plain stupid), they will buy anything we say. On a daily basis, usually on an hourly or even on a minute-by-minute basis, you need to choose between doing something that makes you look good or something that really helps the students. The choice is very simple: Form over substance–choose whatever that makes you look good, whether it helps or even hurts the students. Ultimately, perceptaion triumphs over reality. Being stupid that they are, image has always triumphed over facts. If you are unlucky enough to notice any colleague of yours trying to do something for the benefit of her students but which may not necessarily make her or us look good, ask her these three questions: Are you a Tea Partier? Were you home-schooled? Did your Jesus freaks parents send you to religious school? (I'm also posting TUMS on www.hometownindependent.com/strongsville)


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